Sheffield Football Club to raise money for girl’s life-changing treatment
Hallam FC have launched a fundraising campaign to raise money for the life-changing treatment of a Sheffield girl.
Kira Roberts fell into a canal while rowing for Lincoln University in December 2020, which led to her first hospitalization.
She was diagnosed with Epstein-Barr virus, viral hepatitis and an enlarged spleen, and was able to return home over Christmas in hopes that she would make a full recovery.
Two days after Boxing Day, she began to suffer from nausea and severe abdominal pain, meaning she spent the next nine weeks in hospital with these symptoms.
Fundraising for Kira.
You may have seen earlier this season we set out to curate a bucket collection so Kira Roberts can get the gastroparesis treatment she needs.
Plans were put on hold due to a postponement, but we’re trying again this Saturday (1/2) https://t.co/fFUmnsmuci
— Hallam FC (@HallamFC1860) March 10, 2022
Kira, who can vomit up to 40 times a day, was finally given a nasojejunal feeding tube, which bypasses her stomach and goes straight into the small intestine.
The former Sheffield Wednesday Ladies footballer sometimes goes home but spends a lot of time in the house as she is paralyzed with nausea and pain.
Kira’s mother and father, Donna and Steve, took her to an experienced gastrologist in London as a last resort, where she was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, an inherited condition.
This condition has caused gastroparesis which affects the normal muscle movements of the stomach. Food can sit in the stomach for hours causing nausea and nausea.
Earlier in the season, Hallam FC had planned to hold a bucket drive, but unfortunately it was canceled due to a postponement. They now hope to stage the event this Saturday when the team takes on North Ferriby.
The family have currently raised nearly £14,000 of their £45,000 goal on the GoFundMe page, which can be found HERE.