Fundraiser held Saturday to help local girl walk

Published On: May 11 2013 08:37:55 AM EDT   Updated On: May 12 2013 06:00:22 PM EDT

A fundraiser is being held today to benefit 11 year old Kayla Smith of Plantation. Kayla suffers from a pair of rare neurological disorders.


A fundraiser was held Saturday to benefit an 11-year-old girl who suffers from a pair of rare neurological disorders.

The public was invited to come out for a yard sale, bake sale, food, drinks, and even manicures. The fundraiser was held at 10760 NW 4th Street in Plantation.

Several years ago, Kayla Smith was diagnosed with a condition called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS). This condition is characterized by frequent dislocations and slow healing.

In February of this year, Kayla was diagnosed with RSD, a neurological disorder that misfires pain receptors. Kayla's brain is continually sending pain to her legs even though there is no injury.

Since Kayla has been diagnosed, she has been confined to a wheelchair and is not able to stand for more than 10 seconds.

Kayla's best chance at recovery is through a program at Cleveland Clinic's Children's Hospital in Ohio. An evaluation is scheduled for Tuesday, May 14 for their in-patient pediatric pain rehabilitation program.

The Smith family's insurance plan denied her coverage and care, which will be approximately $42,000 for the first two weeks alone.

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