The mother of a five month old baby has been told that the £2,000 treatment her child needs is not available on the NHS.
Natasha Griffiths-Thomas is having to crowdfund the money to help baby Ffion, who has a condition known as flat head syndrome.
Ffion’s was born with a mis-shaped skull, though doctors originally expected it to grow with age. However, her mum has now been told that she needs a special helmet to ensure her head evolves as it should.
Natasha said: “It’s very important that Ffion gets the helmet because it will help her to have a normal baby’s head. She’d have to wear it for about five or six months.
“Other than that she’s a happy and healthy baby.
Generous Morley folk have already put their hands in their pockets for the cause, with more than £400 being donated by the townspeople in a single day when the fundraising page was first set up.
And Natasha admits she was blown away by the collective gesture.
“I was giddy,” she said. “I was hoping that people could help out.”
“I went to the doctors with Ffion when she was two months and they said her head would grow naturally, but then I went back and that was when they said she needs a helmet.
And to contribute towards the target, the family are hosting a table top sale this Saturday at The Furniture Shop in Morley as well as a fundraising day at Morley Town Hall on October 10.
According to the NHS, there are two types of flat head syndrome and there are numerous potential causes.
These range from factors in the womb, premature births, muscle problems or issues surrounding the formation of plates around a baby’s skull.
To donate to the cause, visit https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/natasha-griffiths-wright