By Ben Hansen
Christmas is a time of giving and if it weren’t for the generosity of Australians, then Indiana King’s dream may not have come true.
In July, five-year-old Indiana, of Wynyard, was granted her wish from Starlight Children’s Foundation when the charity organised to have a cubby house and swing set installed in her backyard.
A stroke before birth left Indiana with left hemiplegic cerebral palsy and epilepsy where she would have more than 100 seizures a day.
As a result of her condition, Indiana underwent a right functional hemispherectomy when she was 10 months old, a procedure intended to disconnect the right hemisphere of her brain.
“This surgery, while stopping the seizures, has left her with left hemianopia where she is half-blind in each eye,” Indiana’s mother, Tammy King, said.
Every six months, Indiana and her parents travel to Melbourne where Indiana’s muscles are injected with Botox to relax her legs and arms.
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