Be Brave Bears is a charitable organisation run by volunteers who send personalised keepsake bears to children who are terminally ill or have life limiting conditions. Each of our bears is sponsored by businesses, groups or families, meaning these bears are free of charge to the children. Once complete each bear is placed in a special keepsake bag and given to the child complete with a numbered certificate. Once the child has received their bear the sponsor will receive a thank you photograph via e-mail of the completed bear and a sponsorship certificate with the name of the child who you have sponsored. Each bear is allocated a number and will appear on our Roll of Honour. If the child on this page has already been sponsored, but due to the timing of the previous sponsorship it has not yet been removed from this area, your sponsorship will be automatically allocated to the child next on the list (Priority order). This seldom happens but we must highlight that it can occur.
Amelia Barkham’s Medical condition...
My daughter Amelia was diagnosed with quite severe bilateral Hip Dysplasia at 6 weeks old meaning both hips were completely dislocated. She was placed in a Pavlik Harness at 6 weeks old which failed, she then went on to have surgery at 6 months old, a Closed Reduction which also failed. We had to wait until Amelia was a year old before we could progress with any further surgery. As soon as she turned 1 Amelia was booked in for 2 Open Reduction surgeries - 6 weeks apart. She had her first in January 2018 and the second in February 2018 followed by 3 months in a spica cast. She came out of her spica cast in April 2018 and spent several weeks nursing very sore legs, very regular check ups with the consultant and learning to sit up and crawl again as her muscles had lost strength. A year on and we still have to have regular x-rays and check ups, and Amelia will be seen into her teenage years to ensure she is fit and well.
A bit about Amelia Barkham...
Amelia is a bubbly cheeky 2 year old diva. She loves to dance, sing nursery rhymes and boss people around. She is so caring, thoughtful and always smiling. She loves visits to the farm, swimming, helping mummy cook and making people laugh.She is an absolutely joy to be around and doesn't let anything get in her way. She is very determine.
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