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Sarah and Charlotte Potts are selling roses at Wattle Grove Primary School on May 27 for 65 Roses Day for Cystic Fibrosis.

Charlotte’s fight to breathe

LIKE most six year olds, Charlotte Potts is high energy, loves school and playing with her friends, but there’s one thing that makes her a little different.

Charlotte has cystic fibrosis, a rare genetic disease which there is currently no cure for.

It affects multiple organs in the body but primarily manifests itself in the lungs where it causes a build-up of thick sticky mucus.

For people with a respiratory condition like cystic fibrosis, contracting COVID can lead to serious illness and even hospitalisation.

“It is extremely worrying going through a pandemic with a respiratory condition, it adds extra pressure on our family,” Charlotte’s mother Sarah Potts said.

“As COVID has gone by we’ve just had to adapt, I’ve had to make decisions for the children not to attend birthday parties and school and we haven’t been to a restaurant as a family since before the pandemic.”

Despite their best efforts to avoid COVID the family contracted it last week.

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Charlotte completes 100 blows per physiotherapy session.

“The moment that positive test came I cried,” Mrs Potts said.

“If Charlotte’s body produces too much mucus after COVID recovery, that is what is ultimately going to do the damage.

“But Charlotte has managed to fight it well and she is resilient.”

On a normal day Charlotte will take eight types of medication and around 30 tablets as well as physiotherapy twice a day, a vital routine.

On May 27, Charlotte is selling roses at Wattle Grove Primary School for 65 Roses Day for Cystic Fibrosis.

Roses are $5 a stem and will assist Cystic Fibrosis WA to fund essential support services and critical research funding for people living with cystic fibrosis.

By Morgan de Smidt 

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