Maya takes her first steps af­ter de­fy­ing doctors

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Joel Lamy joel.lamy@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy

An in­cred­i­bly brave child has de­fied doctors’ ex­pec­ta­tions by tak­ing her first steps af­ter eight hours of surgery and a blood trans­fu­sion. Maya Rat­cliffe, who turns five in Oc­to­ber, has had menin­gi­tis and epilepsy and went through over a dozen op­er­a­tions, in­clud­ing bi­lat­eral hip re­con­struc­tion last Novem­ber.

But un­per­turbed, Maya of Dry­bread Road, Whit­tle­sey, has come through all of that to take her first steps with the aide of a kaye walker de­spite her­fam­ily­be­ing­told­when­she was born that this day would never come.

And in­cred­i­bly, Maya is now look­ing for­ward next yearto­climb­ingSnow­don, the high­est moun­tain in Wales, us­ing her wheel­chair and a back­pack car­rier.

Mum Fay Dovey s ai d: “Maya said she wanted to see the world so we are show­ing it to her.”

The climb will be the last in a se­ries of fundrais­ing chal­lenges the fam­ily is un­der­tak- ing for char­ity.

Next month Maya is com­pet­ing in her first ever 1km wheel­chair race at the Queen El­iz­a­beth Olympic Park in Lon­don, and in Oc­to­ber she will take part in the Great East­ern Run 5km fun run.

It is hope­dthisyearshewill racein­her­wheelchairher­self.

Fay said: “Maya has left nurs­ery able to do most of the things her doctors said she would prob­a­bly never do in­clud­ing be­ing able to write herown­name, count­to20and start­ing to learn to read.

“She is de­vel­op­ing into a happy, car­ing, lov­ing lit­tle girl that loves to dance, sing, swim and paint. She is so full of char­ac­ter and life and she never fails to amazes us.”

Maya starts at Al­der­man Ja­cob­sPri­ma­ryS­choolinSeptem­ber, shortly af­ter a Dou­bles Pe­tanque day on Au­gust 28, from 9.30am, at The Vine in Coates.

Money raised l ast year bought Maya’s first l i ghtweight wheel­chair.

Thisyearthe­money­willbe go­ing to­wards a spe­cial­ist car seat, ta­bles and ther­apy. The fundrais­ing page for Maya is https://www.gofundme.com/ MAYASWONDERLAND.

Maya Rat­cliffe

Maya tak­ing part in the Shine 50 for 50 walk

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