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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Isabelle’s joy at surgery go-ahead

A Workington girl who suffers from cerebral palsy has been given the go-ahead for life-changing surgery and aftercare.

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DELIGHTED: Isabelle Pears, five, with mum Nicola and brother Cain, has been given the go-ahead for life-changing surgery and aftercare to improve her condition, as she has cerebral palsy spastic diplegia

Isabelle Pears, five, of Newlands Lane, has cerebral palsy spastic diplegia, which causes extreme tightness in her legs and forces her to walk on tiptoes.

Her parents Nicola, 34, and Lee, 33, feared she could soon end up in a wheelchair.

The couple, with Isabelle’s brothers Cain, nine, and Ryan Mossop, 15, started a £25,000 fund-raising campaign, as they thought they had no option other than to pay for the operation themselves as it was not routinely funded through the NHS.

Last month the NHS announced that 120 youngsters would be able to have the surgery, but the family were waiting to see if Isabelle would qualify for aftercare. This week they were told that the cash was available, and they hope to soon have a date for the operation at Leeds General Infirmary.

The £9,700 raised from the fund-raising campaign will be used towards physiotherapy and equipment to help the youngster regain her strength.

Mrs Pears, a housing officer with Westfield Housing Association at the Minto Centre, Workington, said: “We are all elated that Isabelle is one of the lucky few who has been chosen as it has been a very long road to get to this point.

“We want everybody who has helped us to know how grateful we are for their support over the past few weeks and their donations.

“She will continue to require intensive physiotherapy and strengthening programmes and equipment on a very regular and intensive scale.

“Only with this will she reach her potential and gain maximum results.”

Isabelle was referred to hospital in Whitehaven in 2011, and a scan later discovered she had brain damage which doctors thought was caused during pregnancy or birth.

She has to wear leg gaits at night and has been through painful rounds of botox, extreme physiotherapy and has her legs in plastercasts for weeks at a time to try to help the problem. But these have had little effect on Isabelle.

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