Maya takes her first steps after defying doctors
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 taking part in the Shine 50 for 50 walk