Chance to be a help in Spalding’s Jake White Rehabilitation Equipment Appeal

FAMILY APPEAL: Jake White on the Thera Trainer hand and leg bike, with daughter Tia White, Karen Murfet and carers Stacy and Sharon Owen.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
FAMILY APPEAL: Jake White on the Thera Trainer hand and leg bike, with daughter Tia White, Karen Murfet and carers Stacy and Sharon Owen. Photo by Tim Wilson.
  • Launch of £6,000 fundraising drive for ex-lorry driver with locked-in syndrome

A loving Spalding family are asking the people of South Holland for help to buy a £6,000 piece of medical equipment for an ex-lorry driver with locked-in syndrome.

Jake White (45) is slowly regaining the ability to move his arms and legs after suffering a brain stem stroke in September 2013.

Despite this, Jake, partner Karen Murfet and daughter Tia White (10) are determined to live as normally as possible which would be boosted if they could buy him a £6,000 Thera Trainer hand and leg bike.

Karen said: “Jake has the biggest fight of his life right now because he is fighting not just for himself, but for me and Tia as well.

“It took 18 months to get him home after the brain stem stroke, but now we’re a complete family again.

“Jake has gone from having no movement at all 18 months ago to being able to move his arms and legs because of the Thera Trainer which he’s been using for two months.

Neurophysiotherapsts who are working closely with Jake are positive with the steady progress he is making and are focused on repetitive stimulation and movements to promote brain activity to muscle movements

Karen Murfet

“If Jake can regain his body movements, that will benefit Tia and the family because he’ll be able to communicate better and do more things that we used to do before.”

A person with locked-in syndrome “is both conscious and aware, but completely paralysed and unable to speak”, according to the NHS.

Jake is able to move his eyes and can communicate with Karen and Tia by blinking.

In launching the Jake White Rehabilitation Equipment Appeal, Tia said: “I want people to help us buy the Thera Trainer bike because I want Dad to get his arm and leg movements back.

“I want my Dad to be able to hug me and speak to me, rather than just me hugging and speaking to him.”

To donate, go to www.gofundme.com/jakewhite

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