Family launch funding appeal to help teen suffering with “constant pain”

Chloe Dubberley

Chloe Dubberley - Credit: Archant

The family of a teenager who suffers with chronic fatigue syndrome and hyper mobility are hoping to raise funds for a hydrotherapy pool to help alleviate her pain.

Chloe Dubberley, 13, is often left bed-ridden and racked with pain owing to her conditions, which are made worse by fused vertebrae in her neck, and she is on a reduced timetable at Ely College to help her cope.

Mum Krystal Dubberley says Chloe may have to undergo a 15-hour operation to fix her vertebrae but doctors have told her that it is risky and could leave her paralysed.

In order to help ease her pain, and prolong the possibility of an operation, the family, from Littleport, have launched a fund-raising webpage which is live and taking donations.

The hydrotherapy pool Year 8 student Chloe requires costs about £5,000 but could mean she no longer has to rely on a wheelchair and may be able to attend school more frequently.

Mrs Dubberley said: “The alternative is a 15-hour operation but it is hugely risky because it is right at the top of the beck and, if anything went wrong, she would be left paralysed.

“We are hoping the pool will help get the pain under control but without it, I don’t think we will be able to avoid the operation.

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“Chloe suffers so much and I feel so useless because she is in constant pain, all of the time.”

Mrs Dubberly added that Chloe can get frustrated at not being able to play with her two sisters and younger brother as much as she would like and hopes the hydrotherapy may make things easier.

To find out more, or to donate towards the pool, visit