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Can you help Tanika beat odds again?

THE aunt of a girl unable to use her arms and legs is appealing for help to buy a special wheelchair to let her go to the beach for the first time.

Jackie Williams said her niece Tanika, 10, from Belle Vale, had said she "didn't want to be here any more" because of her condition, called arthrogryposis.

She said her niece sometimes banged her head against the wall in frustration at seeing her sister do things she is unable to.

Jackie said Tanika was only expected to live for just a few hours, and then a few days, after being born with the condition, but had "beaten the odds".

She said she is hoping to raise PS5,000 towards a special wheelchair that works on sand and snow, to give her "something to look forward to".

Jackie told the ECHO: "Tanika once said she didn't want to be here any more, and wanted to be dead. She's really intelligent, and it's getting harder for her because she watches her eightyear-old sister doing everything. "Her condition means she can't use her hands or bend her arms and legs, which are bent inwards. She needs round-theclock care, and gets angry and bored.

"Now she's increasingly limited in where she can go to because she's too heavy for her mum, Christine, to move her.

"But she's beaten the odds already, when she wasn't even expected to live a few hours after birth. She loves being in water, and loves singing and colouring in with a pen in her mouth."

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 19, 2016
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