Lit­tle girl in wheel­chair who learned to walk again

Coventry Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By FIONNULA HAINEY News Reporter

A LIT­TLE girl from Coven­try has learned to walk again af­ter a rare con­di­tion con­fined her to a wheel­chair for three months.

In June, ten-year-old dancer Se­lah Neely was di­ag­nosed with a brain and spinal con­di­tion which left her with so much pain in her feet she was un­able to stand, let alone walk.

Three months later Se­lah went back to school and her friends and fam­ily be­gan rais­ing money for an op­er­a­tion that would change her life.

In just one month, a to­tal of £11,344 was raised on­line to fund the £20,000 surgery, which Se­lah would have to travel to Spain for.

Among the sup­port­ers were Se­lah’s friends from the Allesley School of Dance, who made it their mission to get her back on the dance floor.

With the funds raised, plus fur­ther con­tri­bu­tions from fam­ily, mum Rebecca and dad Scott took her to Barcelona for fur­ther as­sess­ment and con­sul­ta­tion.

The next day, Se­lah went straight in for surgery and with only se­da­tion and lo­cal anaes­thetic needed it took less than an hour.

In­cred­i­bly, just hours af­ter the op­er­a­tion she was on her feet for up to 30 sec­onds.

By day five she could walk again with­out any sup­port.

Se­lah’s re­cov­ery from her con­di­tion, which goes by the med­i­cal term Chiari 1 Mal­for­ma­tion, has been called ‘re­mark­able’ by spe­cial­ists back in the UK.

One of her doc­tors, who had never heard of the re­search be­ing done in Barcelona, is even hop­ing to pub­lish a pa­tient re­port so that the NHS will be­come aware of the treat­ment’s success.

Rebecca Neely said: “It was beau­ti­ful and hum­bling to ex­pe­ri­ence the generosity of our com­mu­nity be­liev­ing and sup­port­ing us in a dif­fi­cult time.

“We want to ex­press our thanks to all of the peo­ple who ran fundrais­ers and do­nated in var­i­ous ways. To see our girl danc­ing and per­form­ing again is a won­der­ful an­swer to our prayers.

“We are now try­ing to raise aware­ness so that many other peo­ple with Chiari, Sco­l­io­sis and Syringomyelia could have this sim­ple and ef­fec­tive treat­ment too.”

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