Mia Austin is a young woman from the Wirral. In 2009 when she was just 21 and working as a travel agent Mia suffered an enormous stroke and developed locked in syndrome. This means that although Mia can see, hear and understand everything going on around her she cannot move or communicate without moving her eyes. Local people have fundraised for Mia so she can live at home with her family and she has some computer equipment which allows her to write poetry. Mia has just written a booklet 'hot potato' telling the story of her life
Like any young person Mia can be frustrated by technology that isn't fast enough, but unlike most Mia's computer is literally her lifeline to the outside world. Mia needs a new computer and a specialist physiotherapy machine so she can continue having proper rehabilitation at home. These two pieces of equipment cost £23000 and £7000 respectively.
Mia's website, Mountains for Mia has more information & details of how to donate http://mountainsformia.co.uk/index.html