Eva was injured at birth when midwives failed to recognise that she’d suffered asphyxiation during her mother’s labour. If medical staff had monitored Eva’s heartbeat correctly, they would have noticed this and hastened her delivery, avoiding brain injury.
She was left with brain damage and cerebral palsy. She can walk indoors but has a wheelchair for outdoor use. “I have wobbly arms and wobbly legs,” she says. Eva also requires educational support and has trouble with dexterous tasks.
We’ve managed to move Eva into the ground floor rental accommodation she needs, along with her family and two younger brothers. Our solicitors secured an interim payment that means she can access private occupational therapy and assistance at school.
Eva also has a pony called Tia that she rides every day, providing her with valuable therapeutic benefits. Commonly known as hippotherapy or equine therapy, horse-riding has a range of physical, cognitive and psychological advantages for people with cerebral palsy. As it requires good posture and muscular coordination, horse-riding is an excellent way for people with cerebral palsy to improve their motor skills.
“It makes me feel so happy and I love her so much,” she says. “Even if you have a disability you can do it. You can do sport, just give it a go. I am really proud of myself.”
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