A Teen Wanderers footballer needs £9,000 to undergo surgery after a freak accident
Maryam Olajuwon, 14, plays for Bolton Wanderers Girls’ Football Club and was in a match against the boys’ team on the 3G artificial turf in November when the incident happened.
The Haslingden High School student said: “There was a boy running away with the ball, so I went to tackle him and planted my feet in the artificial grass, then my knee gave way and I lost consciousness.” “When I woke up, I was in so much pain.”
A misdiagnosis at hospital saw her return to training seven weeks later, only for her knee to give way while running, and an MRI scan at Royal Blackburn Infirmary revealed the extent of her injury.
She tore her anterior cruciate ligament, tore and sprained her medial collateral ligament, and damaged her lateral collateral ligament, which controls the forward and backward movement of the knee.
Her mother, Karen Kirkham, from Haslingden, said: “The consultant at the hospital told us that because of her age, he could not offer her any treatment, and in Lancashire there are no pediatric surgeons who can treat this specialist area.”
As a result, Karen required private treatment and is now appealing for help to raise the £9,000 that will be needed to pay for the operation and follow-up physiotherapy.
“I’m a single mother with three children and I can’t afford to pay her the full amount privately, so I’m hoping to raise money to help pay for most of the surgery and rehabilitation costs so she can get back to playing,” she said. field and get back on the path of her dreams of becoming a lioness in the future.
Myriam said: “The operation will take place in the week beginning March 18 at Spire Hospital in Manchester by consultant orthopedic surgeon Mr. Anand. We have already raised almost £5,000.
“I’m now not in as much pain and I’m doing a lot of physical therapy. Every day I do 20 minutes of strengthening exercises because I don’t have full extension of my leg at the moment and I need to do that before the operation.
“When I finish training, my knee becomes swollen, red, burning and hot to the touch. I just want to get back to training and be able to play football again.”
Before the accident, Miriam was due to attend Manchester City’s trials and was hoping to be accepted into the England Lionesses’ track.
After the operation, it will take at least nine months before she is fully fit and able to return to playing for Bolton, Lancashire, Rossendale District and the school team.
She said: “I first started playing football when I was four with Burnley Football Club. When I was in my second year, Phil White from Rossendale Valley Football Club put me in the boys’ team; I was the only girl and I loved it.
“From there I played for Junior Hoops, Great Harwood, Blackburn Rovers Academy, Accrington Stanley Ladies and now I’m at Bolton. I’m also in my first season playing for Lancashire U14s.
“I usually train on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and play games on Saturdays and Sundays. As I’m Bolton’s captain, I still attend every game but sit on the sidelines.
To support Miriam’s appeal, visit www.gofundme.com and search for “Karen Kirkham.”