Help needed to try new treatment

Sienna with her dog.
Sienna with her dog.

Her five-year-old daughter Sienna has suffered from epilepsy since birth and is in need of vagus nerve stimulation therapy.

‘Of late, times have been quite rough, with Sienna not achieving any seizure control with her cocktail of medications,’ Ms Cooper said.

‘It is upsetting to watch your seizing child go through this, watching the fear in her eyes as she knows she’s about to have yet another seizure, and knowing there is absolutely nothing I can do in my power to stop it or help her other than watch.’

Sienna has had more than 75 blood tests and tried several medications with no success.

The family is looking at trialling the drug-free therapy, which is designed to prevent seizures by sending regular, mild pulses of electrical energy to the brain via the vagus nerve.

To pay for the treatment, the mother and daughter recently organised a family fun day at Rushton Park in Kelmscott to raise $20,000.

To donate, go to facebook.com/raisefundsforsienna.