Isabella Lombardo’s cerebral palsy battle captured in feature film

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Hundreds will gather to see the brave fight of little Isabella Lombardo, who was born with cerebral palsy.

Isabella and her parents, Libby and Joseph Lombardo have been fighting for her independence, spending more than $500,000 on medical bills, stem cell treatment, laser therapy and functional neurology.

The Lombardo’s worked alongside filmmaker Tim Skinner to capture the six-year-old’s journey, which will be screened for the first time on Saturday March 30.

Isabella Lombardo riding her custom made bike at Manly Beach.
Camera IconIsabella Lombardo riding her custom made bike at Manly Beach.Picture: News Corp Australia, Adam Yip

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“We wanted to share our story of hope and inspiration,” Mrs Lombardo said.

The feature length documentary follows the Lombardo family as they travel to Mexico for controversial stem cell surgery, where they have been able to witness Isabella’s steady progression since then.

“The doctors were against everything we did but now we have the medical community coming to the premiere on Saturday night,” the Frenchs Forest mum said.

Isabella is the star of a new documentary feature film called The Unknown Upside.Isabella is the star of a new documentary feature film called The Unknown Upside.
Camera IconIsabella is the star of a new documentary feature film called The Unknown Upside.Picture: News Corp Australia, @starfishkids.com.au.

“We were looking for answers for our daughter out of the normal, and we took a calculated risk and Isabella’s outcome is successful and undeniable.”

Through the power of social media, the film has captured the attention of those living overseas, with one travelling from LA to see the film on Saturday evening.

Isabella, pictured with her mum Libby, has had her battle with cerebral palsy turned into a documentary.Isabella, pictured with her mum Libby, has had her battle with cerebral palsy turned into a documentary.
Camera IconIsabella, pictured with her mum Libby, has had her battle with cerebral palsy turned into a documentary.Picture: News Corp Australia, Adam Yip

Tickets are still available for Saturday’s debut screening of The Unknown Upside and can be purchased via www.theunknownupside.com.au.

“We didn’t know the power of sharing, our upside in sharing is that we’re able to connect with people going through similar things,” Mrs Lombardo said.

“We’re able to help inspire them.”

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