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A family is hoping to raise £20,000 so a three-year-old with severe brain damage can get stem cell therapy in Panama.

Little Luna Walker, from Faversham, is unable to see, walk or talk and is entirely dependent on other people, due to brain damage she suffered as a baby.

Luna Walker with her mum, Savannah Haines. Picture: Savannah Haines
Luna Walker with her mum, Savannah Haines. Picture: Savannah Haines

She was born with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy - caused by acute loss of blood and oxygen flow to a baby's brain.

It has left her with visual impairment and quadriplegic cerebral palsy which affects her mobility and ability to communicate.

Her mum Savannah Haines, 26, said: "She is entirely dependent on others.

"She can't do anything. She can hold her cup sometimes. She can verbalise, but she doesn't produce any words.

"She can't walk, can't sit unaided, she can't roll over. She's just immobile.

Mum Savannah Haines with Luna and Luna's little brother Forest. Picture: Savannah Haines
Mum Savannah Haines with Luna and Luna's little brother Forest. Picture: Savannah Haines

"What she can do is smile, laugh, and lie on her back and kick."

Luna's family hopes ground-breaking stem cell therapy could help improve her quality of life.

The little girl has been approved for the treatment more than 5,000 miles away at a specialist facility in Panama, in Central America.

But her family must raise £20,000 to cover the cost of the therapy, along with travel and accommodation costs.

It is unclear how large an impact the treatment would have upon Luna.

Little Luna Walker from Faversham. Picture: Savannah Haines
Little Luna Walker from Faversham. Picture: Savannah Haines

But her mum says it would help give her "the best opportunity of gaining some independence and functional skills", and that even "small gains" would make it worthwhile.

"Stem cell therapy has had a lot of great outcomes for children in Luna's position," said Savannah, who is also mum to Luna's one-year-old brother Forest.

"And anything to help my little angel enjoy her life and get the best from it would be more than she could ask for.

"Luna inspires me as a parent and person to do the best I can for myself and for her. She fights and struggles everyday for the things we take for granted which is heartbreaking and feels so unfair.

"She is our world, so we want to be able to give her the world."

Luna Walker with her mum Savannah, 26. Picture: Savannah Haines
Luna Walker with her mum Savannah, 26. Picture: Savannah Haines

Savannah has praised the people of her hometown Faversham for the "amazing" support they have already shown Luna and her family.

To donate to the fundraiser, visit their Justgiving page here. www.justgiving.com/campaign/princessluna

Follow Luna's journey via her dedicated Facebook page here. www.facebook.com/Lunaslifewithcp

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