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Fairy Steps for Ella


Ella Yearbury’s bubbly personality is that of a regular four year old - bright and talkative, with a bit of sass. And like most little girls her age, she adores fairies, and loves playing with baby dolls. But what sets this youngster apart from the rest, is her battle for a better quality of life. 

Born almost four months too early, Ella entered the world, weighing only 800 grams. After suffering a serious grade 4 brain bleed, she underwent the first of 18 operations to date. These complications so early in life, caused her cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and hydrocephalus conditions. The severe prognosis had doctors advising Ella’s parents, their daughter would never talk, or walk unassisted. But today, despite her health issues, she is an energetic child, engaging in conversations, and walking with the help of a frame.

While seeking information online, parents Kat and Brett, found Dr Tae Sung Park - a world-renowned specialist. After careful review, Ella was accepted to undergo Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy surgery, in St Louis, Missouri. The family have been working hard to raise the $150,000 needed - which covers the cost of surgery, post-op rehabilitation, flights, and accommodation. Lately, Ella has been experiencing mild seizures, which has made it almost impossible to secure travel insurance for the trip, due to the risks involved. The family are hopeful, and any assistance would help.

The Mangere Bridge community have run a number of successful events, in a quest to raise enough funds. Every contribution has counted, and mother Kat, is grateful for the enormous response. “We want to give Ella as many opportunities as possible, so she is able to make decisions for herself. She has overcome so much already. That girl is phenomenal. “

On February the 11th next year, in a bid break the current Guinness World Record, supporters will attempt to gather the largest numbers of fairies. To meet the criteria, participants must wear a tutu, fairy wings, and be holding a wand, for a five-minute timed period. The current record is 871, and the goal has been set for 1000 or more. Mangere Bridge businesses will contribute to the day, and a special market for Ella will follow in the township. All are welcome to take part, and entry will be by Koha, with 100% of all proceeds going towards Fairy Steps 4 Ella. 

Register on Facebook - search Fairy Steps 4 Ella. Donate at givealittle.co.nz/cause/fairysteps4ella or visit guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/largest-gathering-of-fairies










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