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Wee Aaliyah's Panama plea!

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A YOUNG Ballymoney couple are appealing for help to send their daughter for a radical stem cell treatment in Panama City, that could transform the quality of her life.

Aron and Kim Cochrane recently got the welcome news that their daughter Aaliyah had been accepted for treatment for Cerebral Palsy (CP) at the Stem Cell Panama Institute on March 4 next year.

Now the young couple must raise the £15,000 for the treatment that as well as the £1700 needed for the flights over there.

Aaliyah, who turned 11 yesterday (Monday October 1) , attends Sandleford School and needs constant care, with mum Kim saying: “We hope this treatment will help with her balance and walking and improve her speech and co-ordination.”    Explaining how they heard about this treatment, Kim said: “I had been researching for a couple of years, its hard to take in as there are so many different types of Cerebral Palsy.”

“We discovered this treatment available in Panama. I sent off the application and three weeks later I got a reply saying they were looking at it, but needed a letter verifying there had been a Cerebral Palsy diagnosis.

“This was problematic because the Royal in Belfast would not diagnose her. They say she has, 'severe developmental delay'.”

   

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