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VIDEO: Cornish Schoolgirl's Wish To Walk
8:07am 26th November 2014
(Updated 8:07am 26th November 2014)
A Cornish schoolgirl could take her first steps without help thanks to a lifechanging operation - bnt only if her family can raise thousands of pounds.
Twelve year old Abi from Camelford was born with cerebral palsy and has spent her whole life having to use a frame to work with supervision.
She told Pirate FM: "It's quite hard for me because I've always wanted to walk. Sometimes I get left out at school - but I just deal with it.
"It's quite hard for me to do things on my own - even though I try my hardest."
Her family wants to raise £50,000 so she can have a groundbreaking operation in America.
The operation, called an SDR or Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy, would eliminate the spasticity in Abi's muscles, making it possible for her to walk.
Surgeons will make a small incision in her lower back and test the nerves individually by using electrical currents. This will show them which are sending 'faulty' signals from the brain to the muscle causing spasticity, allowing them to cut them off.
Abi said: "It will make a really big difference. It would mean I would not be struggling as much as I am now."
Her mum Mazey told Pirate FM: "She struggles with everything really because of her moving about and she gets pains in her legs.
"She has daily exercises which she doesn't really like but we have to do so her muscles aren't stiff."
Jenny Hawkins is from the charity Tree of Hope which helps sick children. She said: "To see a child struggle through pain and have limitations put on most of their daily activities is punishing for any parent to witness.
"Children afflicted with this condition require a host of treatments and interventions and families can find themselves fighting numerous battles to get such things in place."
Local businesses are helping raise money by setting up an online auction. You can find out about that here.
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