A TODDLER ‘locked inside her body’ has been given hope after getting new technology which will help her communicate.
Three-year-old Georgia Edwards of Ruabon suffers with Global Development Delay and Retts Syndrome and is unable to speak, communicate easily or feed herself.
She has also lost the use of her hands.
Her parents Gavin, 29, and Katie, 27, have been on a crusade to raise more than £5,000 to help cover the costs of much-needed new equipment for Georgia.
The ‘eye gaze’ technology will now allow her to communicate with her family through a computer by only using her eyes.
Mum Katie said: “Having this equipment gives us hope.
“When she was officially diagnosed, we started to lose hope because normally you go down the sign language route to communicate. But she’s lost the use of her hands so this was our only route.”
But thanks to donations and fundraising from across Wrexham and beyond Georgia has now received her Tobii PCEye Go equipment at the cost of around £5,500.
Using the Tobii communication and look-to-learn software, Georgia can control the technology by just moving and focusing her eyes.
It is hoped she will be able to use it to fully communicate in the future.
Katie said: “I’ve tried to use it and it’s a lot harder than you think.
“But Georgia is getting there. We are starting with basic games so she can get the hang of controlling it with her eyes.
“We will then move on to the communication techniques.
“This will improve the quality of Georgia’s life and help her to communicate fully with us in the future.
“It should give her a more independent way of life as she can get frustrated.
“It can be difficult to sooth her – she can get upset with everything.”
Katie said they were overwhelmed with the support they had been given.
Last year Georgia’s family and friends raised more than £2,500 for Wrexham Child Health Centre, where Georgia is receiving therapy.
And the fundraising will not stop here with Katie and Gavin hoping to continue to get money for research into Rett Syndrome to hopefully find a cure.
The fundraising campaign is known as Georgia Pie’s Brighter Future and to donate and help visit www.georgiepiesbrighterfuture.co.uk