Bella Fund - Helping Bella Walk- SDR - Isabella Mays - BellasFund

To Donate:

Please go to Bella's just giving page, . This goes direct to Footsteps physio to help pay for an intensive 3 wk physio session to help Bella get stronger.

or you can donate on paypal by sending money to using paypal(send as gift please). 

Every £1 goes towards Bella's operation costs & post op physio to enable her to walk further independently.


 To make an online banking donation.

 Bank Account Details are:

ACC Name:Bella Fund                    

Sort Code: 40-13-10

Acc No: 72011484


Cheques made out to Bella Fund  please email for address details.

 Thank you for your generosity & thanks to all those that have donated already to help Bella! 


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Bella is 9 years old and lives with her Mum and Dad and twin brother Benjamin in Bracknell, Berkshire.  Bella was not breathing when she was born, needed to be resuscitated and as a result was starved of oxygen to her brain.

She was later diagnosed with Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy. One of the symptoms for Bella is that it causes spasticity (tightness) in her leg muscles & stopped her being able to walk independently.  She used a walking frame or crawled to get around. 


We originally set up this site to help raise funds to take Bella to USA for Life changing surgery to help her walk.  The operation is called SDR & since taking Bella the same operation has started to become available in the UK but still sadly parents are often having to pay. With your help by donating and attending Bella's events we were able to take Bella to the USA to have her SDR operation on her spine in April 2010. 

She is now able to walk BUT Bella still requires your help to make sure she receives ongoing intensive physio following her surgery and to help her muscles to get strong and not tighten up again.  

Her 2 surgeries have already had a massive positive result for Bella. Please go to 'Bellas Op Diary' above for details on how bella got on in USA during May 2010. To see the results so far please see videos below!

This surgery is call "Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy" or SDR & has been performed by Dr Park at St Louis Children's Hospital in Missouri for over 20 years with great results.

For more information on this surgery please visit their website:

Dr Park's surgery wasn't available in this country so we had to travel to USA and pay privately for Bella to have this opportunity. Costs for this surgery and the trip were just over £40,000.  

Attitudes are slowly changing in the UK on this operation and a surgeon in the UK who has been trained on Dr Parks methods has did the 1st SDR in May 2011.  Sadly it doesn't mean that the operation is going to be funded by the NHS but it's great news as families may not have to travel to the USA to get Dr Park's method of SDR.



 To view Bella's Pre-OP video please click below:


To view Bella's POST -OP latest video please click below:

For more info on how Bella is doing since we got back from the USA please go to 'Bella Post OP' or 'Bella 1 yr Post Op' links at top of page.

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