Arabella Green was born with Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita, which is a condition that affects her joints, making them locked in one position. Doctors in Scotland said there was nothing to be done and she would never be able to walk, but her mom, Catherine Green, refused to accept that and vowed to find help for Arabella.
Catherine did some research and found Dr. David S. Feldman, a Florida-based pediatric orthopedic surgeon known for treating conditions like Arabella’s, and made an appointment with his team in Poland. After examining Arabella, Dr. Feldman thought she was a “great candidate for surgery and can gain motion in her legs.” Catherine was hopeful, but when they returned to Scotland and met with the National Health Service, they said the surgery wasn’t right for Arabella and they wouldn’t pay for it. Arabella's father William remembers; "They told her that they would be willing to invest in top notch wheelchairs but wouldn't help Bella walk. On hearing that, as any mother, it dashed Cat’s hopes so much. Cat was crushed and became inconsolable . Two months later, she took her own life."
After Catherine passed, William made it his mission to get the surgery their daughter needed to walk again. He started a crowdfunding campaign to raise the $168-thousand needed for the surgery. When Dr. Feldman heard about the family’s plight, he donated $100,000 of his own money but that sill left $68-thousand. Based on that news William was able to raise the money! Last fall, Arabella had her surgery and spent the next three months in intensive therapy learning to walk. William is grateful for everyone who helped his daughter on her journey and is especially thankful for Dr. Feldman for helping Arabella when no one else would. "Thank you for everything you have done for my daughter, you are a miracle man," he says. "You have changed my daughter's life forever.”