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Youngster’s life changing surgery in America takes place today

Mae Fox with Dr Park, the doctor who will carry out her operation in St Louis.

Mae Fox with Dr Park, the doctor who will carry out her operation in St Louis.

A youngster will undergo life changing surgery today in America that could help her walk for the first time.

Little Mae Louisa Lilly Fox, four, is in St Louis with her family after generous readers helped make the £70,000 surgery dream a reality thanks to fundraising efforts.

Mae’s mum Amy, of Birch Road, Cantley contacted South Yorkshire Newspapers from the States to let us know how she was getting on.
She said: “Mae’s surgery is booked in for 11am today which will be 5pm back home. Feeling a mixture of emotions today slightly anxious and nervous for Mae. Dr Park will perform 3 SDR’s today and Mae is scheduled to be the second.

“ We really appreciate the kind support you’ve given us. We feel so lucky to be able to give Mae this chance. SDR holds so much potential for Mae.”

Mae was diagnosed with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy - the most severe form of the condition- when she was a year old.

The condition has left the youngster unable to walk by herself but after researching pioneering surgery available in Missouri, mum Amy and dad Matthew are desperately trying to raise the funds to give their daughter a new start.

Mae’s operation involves carefully cutting the nerve fibres in her spine to improve her movement.

 

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