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Parents of terminally ill toddler fundraise for cure

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The family of a little girl from Chorley with an extremely rare life-limiting genetic illness are raising money to fund a doctor to research treatments.

Three year old Bella Morris suffers from a condition called 'Vanishing White Matter' which causes sufferers to lose their ability to eat, walk, see and hear. It's very rare and affects just 1 in 40 million people. Currently there is no cure.

Bella was diagnosed after she lost the use of her legs following a chest infection. Her parents Peter and Natalie said "their world just fell apart."

They're are now raising funds for a professor in Tel Aviv who is researching the condition in the hope of one day finding a cure. Dr Orna Elroy-Stein, is making faster progress but is not funded and the family are looking to help her reach a goal of £2.5 million.

Find out more about how to help or donate here.

Bella with mum Natalie and dad Peter

Bella's dad Peter Morris says her future is uncertain.

This site was set up as a result of a beautiful little girl, Bella, our daughter developing the condition of Vanishing White Matter at two and a half years of age. Bella is a much loved little girl, who enjoys to smile for the camera, play with family and friends, to go for a swim and play at the local play centre. Not to forget playing with all her toys at home as little girls do. Please look at that cute face and tell me you don't melt?!

– https://www.gofundme.com/2547ystu