Articles about Cariad
It should not be considered 'lucky' or good that articles have been written about Cariad. Not all of them. Early on in life, she had a long battle with respiratory collapse and medics that led to some unpleasantness with courts etc. The following article probably explains it all:
There was a similar article in the Times and a spot on GMTV. Whilst tapes of it do exist, it is probably better that they remain off this page!
This shows that Cariad has not been the only one facing the long arm of the medical profession (at the time) and, sadly, not long after the victory for MB and his family he passed on (and our thoughts go to his family). However, it gives me great pleasure to say that things have changed a lot, both locally and nationally in regards to the management of SMA... primarily due to the team who cared for Cariad at the Royal Brompton Hospital.
Caring for a disabled person is not straightforward or plain sailing. There are decisions to be taken that have huge consequences. Fortunately (?) Cariad has an opinion on everything. When she was a baby, when the most significant decisions were taken, she couldn't. This following article, written for the American charity FSMA and presented to the National Portage Association in the UK highlights some of these decisions:
Finally, Cariad had the pleasure to go and see the 2011 Strictly Come Dancing Tour in Cardiff - as a wish granted by the Make a Wish Foundation. Not only did she get a ringside seat, she also got to meet her favourites, including Harry Styles (McFly), Chelsee Healey (Waterloo Road and the one Cariad spent most money voting for), Robby Savage (footballer) and all the presenters Craig Revel-Horwood (who is actually really nice), Bruno Tonioli (who seems just as nuts) and Len Goodman (who came down to Cariad's level in such style she was laughing about it for days).