Child star to have spine op af­ter £125k is raised

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS - BY LIANNE KOLIRIN

A JCOSS pupil who played Matilda on the West End stage will travel to Amer­ica for life-al­ter­ing surgery af­ter her fam­ily raised more than £125,000 in an on­line cam­paign.

Dancer, singer and ac­tress Lucy-Mae Bea­cock has a de­gen­er­a­tive spinal con­di­tion that could spell an end to her show­biz ca­reer.

Born with spina bi­fida, she un­der­went two ma­jor op­er­a­tions by the age of two. Ever since, she and her Bar­net fam­ily have learnt to man­age the con­di­tion. But two years ago, Lucy-Mae was di­ag­nosed with sco­l­io­sis, a con­di­tion caus­ing cur­va­ture of the spine.

Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of the on­line cam­paign, Lucy-Mae will un­dergo surgery in New York.

A state­ment on the fam­ily’s Go­FundMe page con­firms that surgery has been booked for April 3. “We can­not thank you all enough for en­abling this to hap­pen.”

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