It’s been 15 months since Sienna Skye Reddy’s first bone marrow stem cell treatment, which has been a long journey for the seven-year-old and her family.
Sienna was diagnosed with autism, sensory processing disorder and dyspraxia.
Since the treatment, she has shown great improvements in cognitive skills, gross and fine motor skills, processing and following instructions.
In a bid to raise much-needed funds for her, a special raffle will be held.
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The first prize is a weekend away to anywhere in South Africa with Tsogo Sun Hotels for two adults and two children under 12.
The second prize is a couple’s two-hour spa while the third price is a beauty voucher.
Sienna’s mother, Rishika said the meltdowns and negative behaviours have decreased as well as self-regulating behaviour (hand flapping/teeth grinding/spinning).
“Her eye contact has improved as well as social skills and she interacts with her brother and other children appropriately. She still has not gained speech but we were advised by her doctors that this will take much more time and effort to achieve due to Apraxia of Speech being one of the neurological disorders she battles with,” she explained.
Rishika added, “She is, however, starting to learn Makaton Sign Language which has helped us better understand her.”
There is still a long road ahead with lots of intense work leading to the stem cell treatment.
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“We have faith that the third treatment will bring even more healing to the damage in the brain. We plead with you all to once again to give us a helping hand in making this a reality for our child,” she said.
Their aim is to do everything in their control to help her.
“We cannot do it alone and need help from you all,” added the loving mother. For more information regarding the little girl’s condition, call 083-775-9495.
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