Family of Ilford girl with cerebral palsy raise £2,000 towards life-changing operation

PUBLISHED: 13:50 14 October 2013 | UPDATED: 13:54 14 October 2013

Cerebral Palsy sufferer Esha Ilyas with her mum Manisha

Cerebral Palsy sufferer Esha Ilyas with her mum Manisha


The family of an Ilford girl with cerebral palsy have raised more than £2,000 towards an operation to help her walk.

But £34,000 more is needed to pay for the life-changing operation for 10-year-old Esha Ilyas.

Esha, of Mortlake Road, cannot stand without help and has to use a frame to walk and a wheelchair for longer distances.

Mum Manisha Modhvadia said the NHS refused to pay for a selective dorsal rhizotomy, which could stop her daughter needing the walking aids, splints and painful treatment she has had since she was a toddler.

A fun day in Ilford earlier this month raised £800 towards the operation and people have been making donations online since the appeal started last month.

Manisha said: “We have had about £2,300 so far but there’s a long way to go.

“It’s a been a little bit slow but we’re surprised we’ve raised so much - one person anonymously donated £500.”

It is hoped Esha will have the operation by March so she will be able to walk by the time she starts at secondary school.

To donate towards the operation, visit

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