Meet Lana and Nickki...
Lana is 8 years old, a local girl who has battled with medical conditions since the day she was born, including cerebral palsy, epilepsy and developmental delay, in addition to experiencing withdrawal from drug and alcohol addiction at birth. With an outlook that was thought to be pretty bleak, (doctors doubted Lana would be able to walk, talk or eat independently) social services had the difficult task of finding her an adoptive home.
Nickki is a mother who tragically lost her daughter, Sara, in 2011. After finding her way through her grief, she knew she wanted to continue caring and thought of doing some respite fostering as her house was fully adapted for children with additional needs and disabilities.
After being asked to meet Lana, Nickki instantly fell in love with her. Initial fostering turned to adoption and, when Lana was 3 years old, Nickki officially became her Mummy and Lana had found her forever home. Thanks to the wonderful combination of Nickki’s love, care and support, and Lana’s incredible strength and determination, Lana not only eats and communicates, but also attends school!
Wanting to continue her phenomenal progress, Nickki started to investigate SDR surgery which could see Lana potentially walking on her own. This is when the Eight Foundation were contacted.
Nickki told us about a piece of equipment, called an ‘IKAN brace’, which would help Lana gain strength before and after her surgery and, in the longer term, allow Lana to stand. We purchased the brace without hesitation and made a visit to see how Lana was doing.
We could not believe our eyes as we saw Lana standing unaided at the kitchen sink in her brace, washing up! The more time Lana spends in this brace, the stronger she will become, and Nickki hopes she will able to start taking steps in the brace.
See Lana washing up here!
“I honestly can’t thank The Eight Foundation enough for supporting Lana,” says Nickki. “The IKAN brace is a complete game changer for Lana, making such a difference to our lives already. To see Lana standing and doing the washing up (she loves to wash up!) is incredible. I’m sure this brace is going to do amazing things for her… thank you just doesn’t seem enough."
We are so proud to help Lana on her journey to walking. If you would like to help as well, please visit and share Nickki’s fundraising page, where she is trying to raise £45,000 to privately fund Lana’s surgery (Lana does not qualify for this surgery on the NHS).
Thank you very much in advance!