Amy’s joy at first time out with mates in three years

Ben Parkinson, drops by to visit Amy and give her a confidence boost. Picture: Marie Caley D3134MC
Ben Parkinson, drops by to visit Amy and give her a confidence boost. Picture: Marie Caley D3134MC

A DELIGHTED teenager has been out with her pals for the first time in three years as she begins the long road to recovery from a rare illness.

Amy Kennedy has been bed-bound since she was struck with complex regional pain syndrome.

But after undergoing pioneering medical treatment in America, Amy has now improved enough to enjoy her first evening out. She went to Zest in High Street, Doncaster town centre to celebrate her 15th birthday and also made her first visit to a friend’s house for three years, staying overnight.

Amy said: “It is something most of my friends do all the time – but going out for the first time in three years meant the world to me. It feels as though my treatment has changed my life. After three years of being bed-bound, I have now had the best weekend ever.

“Now I would love to go to the cinema to see a film, which a few years ago I never thought I would do again.”

Amy, of Adlard Road, Wheatley Hills, underwent three weeks of treatment in the US after generous folk rallied round to raise £50,000 after the Free Press reported her story. The condition which left Amy in constant pain and having to take strong painkillers affects 11,500 people in the Uk.

Her treatment in the US involved the application of an electrical current to pads placed on her body.

The Danum School pupil has continued with the treatment with a machine she has brought back from America, and although she still suffers from pain it has been reduced to the point she is finally able to get out of bed.

Mum, Zoe Matters, said: “It is going really well. She can now touch the top of her leg, which she could not before because it was too painful.

“She can now get into a wheelchair and we can take her into other rooms. She is still in pain, but it is tolerable for her now.

“It is the first time she has been out socially for three years. She has only been out for hospital visits over that time.

“She was looking out of the window at the Christmas lights in wonder - she has not seen anything but her bedroom wall for three years before this.”

Before her night out she met injured Bessacarr paratrooper Ben Parkinson, who told her about his battle to walk again after his was wounded. Zoe hopes Ben’s story will be an inspiration to her.

The family are now hoping to get their home modified so they can use a wider wheelchair with larger wheels, which would allow Amy to move it herself by pushing the wheels with her hands.