The family of a young girl who defied doctors who feared she may never be able to walk are appealing to residents to rally round to help fund expensive after care costs.
Mae Fox, aged five, from Birch Road, Cantley, underwent an operation in America after local residents helped raise £70,000 to pay for the surgery last January.
But the family fear spiralling physiotherapy and aftercare costs could mean Mae can’t continue with her miraculous progress.
Last year alone Mae’s physiotherapy cost her family £9,450.
Doctors initially told Mae’s family she might not be able to walk because of her spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy – the most severe form of the condition.
But the youngster is continuing to astound medics by walking following the operation in America.
Mae’s mum Amy said: “I want to say thank you again to everyone who has helped Mae. We couldn’t have done any of this without the amazing support.”
Amy added: “Even if I said thank you every day for the rest of my life I don’t think it would be enough. Without people’s generosity Mae would never have been able to have the operation in the first place but that was just the first step on a long road.
“We do fear that a day will come when we simply can’t afford to keep up with Mae’s physio and aftercare that is not provided by the NHS.
“We see how much progress Mae is making and it would be heartbreaking for us if she couldn’t fulfil her full potential.”
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