A youngster has taken her very first steps after having life changing surgery in America thanks to generous readers who helped raise £70,000.
Doctors had previously told the family of four-year-old Mae Louisa Lilly Fox, that the youngster may never walk because of her spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy - the most severe form of the condition.
But medics now say Mae could walk completely unaided in the future after the pioneering operation in Missouri.
Speaking about Mae’s progress proud mum Amy, of Birch Road, Cantley, said: “We have seen Mae taking the most beautiful steps in her walking frame.
“In just a few weeks we have seen Mae stand and high kneel for longer periods than she ever has.
“Mae is already making really positive progress. Doctors always felt that with this surgery it is likely that Mae will be able to independently walk with forearm crutches.
“It is now thought that Mae could take some independent steps unaided. This really would be a dream come true and now for a little girl who we were told would never be able to walk.
“The future really does hold so much potential.”
Mae and her family embarked on a 26 week fundraising mission in order to raise the £70,000 for the operation with help from the community who organised all kind of weird and wonderful charity events.
Amy 29, added: “We want to say the biggest ‘thank you’ to the Doncaster Free Press team and readers.
“We would also like to thank the many supportive and kind hearted people of Doncaster who gave so generously to get Mae her much needed operation.
“When Mae was in the recovery suite I recall wondering what her legs would feel like without the spasticity. The nurse gave me a peek under the bed sheet and her little legs were laying flat on the bed.”
The Hope For Mae fundraising mission is still continuing to fund Mae’s physiotherapy and after care.
Atherton Godfrey will be holding a post operation party for at The Woolpack in Market Place on Saturday, March 22. Tickets are available at £10.00 each.
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