Annabel’s Disney dream comes true thanks to local children’s charity

A 7-year-old girl from Swadlincote who suffers from a neurological disorder, has been surprised with a trip to Disneyland Paris, from local children’s charity, Simon’s Heroes.

Annabel’s lifelong love of Disney has kept her smiling as she deals with the symptoms of Rett syndrome, a brain disorder that occurs almost exclusively in girls. The condition causes a progressive inability to use muscles for eye and body movements and speech.

Annabel cannot walk or talk, has breathing difficulties and scoliosis of the spine. She cannot use her hands and has no way of communicating other than through her eyes.

“Annabel was born with the condition,” her mum Louisa explained. “She wasn’t diagnosed until she was 2 years old though, after she underwent genetic testing.

“She is tube fed via a gastrostomy line to help her gain weight and ensure she is receiving the correct amount of fluids each day.”

Simon’s Heroes arranged to send Annabel and her family to Disneyland at the end of May this year. The trip included 3-nights at the resort, flights, park passes and food.

“We were delighted when we learned about the trip! It was just what we needed, an exciting, fun break for the family to enjoy, away from hospital appointments and everyday routine.

“Annabel’s favourite moments were meeting Piglet at the character breakfast and going on the boat ride and flying carpet ride! She loved seeing other characters at her brother’s special birthday breakfast and Piglet gave Annabel lots of cuddles!

“It was a dream come true for Annabel and the whole family. We are so grateful to Simon’s Heroes for making our wish come true. The amazing memories from this fabulous trip will last a lifetime. We feel so blessed to have been given this special gift, thank you!”

Author: C Abbott.



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