LAKELANDS six-year-old Ruby Martin is a gorgeous child with a beaming smile.
But when she was born, a 40-hour labour caused significant injury to part of her brain and her parents were told to take her home and love her because she was not expected to live beyond 12 months.
Six years later, Ruby has been attending intensive therapy in Sydney and is due to go again in December but at a cost of $15,000, with accommodation and travel on top, it is very expensive.
Her mother Amy is fundraising by selling colourful socks and bees wax food covers and hoping people will help by responding to her Go Fund Me page.
The therapy is available only in Sydney, Boston and Los Angeles.
So far Ruby has taken four trips to Sydney for intensive therapy that takes five hours a day, five days a week for three weeks.
Ruby also suffers from cerebral palsy and epilepsy and is legally blind.
Her mother Amy said Ruby was doing really well, learning to crawl by using a communication device and in April reached a major milestone, taking 15 independent steps.
“We are hoping for big things in December but first we have to raise the funds to get there for the fifth time,’’ she said.
To donate, visit GoFundMe.