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Helping Kyra

Step by Step with Kyra

Helping a six-year-old girl save her leg

Kyra is six years old, bright, joyful and mischievous. Like any other little girl her age, she loves playing energetically with her friends. She is facing the prospect of having her left leg amputated above the knee, due to a deformity she's had since birth.

Kyra has Proximal Focal Femoral Deficiency (PFFD), a rare condition affecting fewer than 1 in 50,000 children in the world. This means she has a deformed hip, a shortened left thigh and unstable knee and ankle.  As she gets older, the deformity will become more pronounced, meaning that her prosthetic will be more difficult to manage, and will lead to complications with her hips and spine.

The only option the family have here in the UK is for Kyra’s leg to be amputated above the knee in order to get a better-fitting prosthetic. Kyra's life as an amputee would be a lifetime of disability. Whilst prosthetics enable her to walk, they cause pain and secondary medical problems, plus a lifetime of medical treatment.

After years of research, Kyra's family have discovered a doctor with the experience to treat Kyra and save her leg.  Dr Dror Paley, the world-renowned orthopaedic surgeon of the Paley Institute in Florida, is the most experienced limb lengthening and deformity correction surgeon in the world.  

Dr Paley works in Israel once a year, making operations more affordable for non-US patients. This can only be done on 1st February 2018.  If the money is not raised in time, we will need to raise an additional £40,000 to take her to the USA later in the year. This important operation will set the foundation for future lengthenings and any delays now will have a knock-on effect on Kyra's future.

You can donate here 

The hotel is hoping to hold a fund-raising event for Kyra in January, please watch this space.