£60,000 fundraising bid to help Letchworth mum walk again

Gary Hobbs, Kasia and Amelia.

Gary Hobbs, Kasia and Amelia. - Credit: Archant

A Letchworth man has launched an appeal to try to help his sister-in-law walk again after she suffered a stroke while giving birth to her first child.

Lee Hobbs with Gary Hobbs. holding their fundraising poster

Lee Hobbs with Gary Hobbs. holding their fundraising poster - Credit: Archant

Lee Hobbs wants to raise £60,000 to buy Kasia Hobbs a revolutionary walking device which would mean she would not have to use a wheelchair.

The 36-year-old suffered a huge bleed in the right side of her brain while giving birth to daughter Amelia in January 2014.

As a result she spent 20 weeks in hospital, and has been left with partial paralysis in her left arm and leg and weakness in the left side of her face.

Lee, who is studying for a civil engineering degree, wants to buy Kasia a C-Brace, which has helped polio suffers walk again.

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He saw the device – which costs £60,000 – on a TV programme but the family cannot afford to buy it on their own.

The 27-year-old said: “The stroke has just devastated her life, she can’t walk or push the baby in the pram because she is in a wheelchair.

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“I just want to help her in any way that I can. Kasia cannot have any more children as the risk of her having another stroke is too high.

“This is her only chance of enjoying her baby and the C-Brace could help her to have more independence.”

Kasia has been with Lee’s brother Gary for more than six years, but is currently receiving treatment while staying with her family in Wroclaw, Poland.

She is forced to wear a rigid ankle splint which causes her lots of pain and means she cannot bend her leg at the knee.

Gary, 31, met Kasia when they were both studying at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine in London.

They moved to Letchworth to be closer to Gary’s family when they found out they were expecting a baby.

Gary, who lives off Pixmore Avenue, said: “Because it costs so much money I just don’t think it is conceivable that the NHS would pay for one of these.

“When we are here we have to have someone with us all the time because Kasia cannot even do simple things like change a nappy.

“It means we cannot even go out for coffee or on a walk together because we need to take the wheelchair and a pram – it is a nightmare.

“It is horrible for us, we have to be apart and Amelia is with Kasia in Poland so I am away from her and my daughter.

“£60,000 is a lot of money but it would be life-changing for us.”

To donate to Lee’s campaign and help his sister Kasia visit gofund.me/hqi880.

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