the FAMILY of a five-year-old Stapleford girl have started a fundraising campaign to send her to America for a ‘life changing’ operation.
Abigail Bradley was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was two-and-a-half-years old.
Because of her condition she walks with her right foot facing inwards and on her tip toes.
But if her family can raise £40,000 William Lilley School pupil Abigail can have an operation not available in the UK described as a ‘miracle cure’ by other parents.
Abigail’s mum, Katie Hanstock said: “We first found out about the operation when a family member saw it in the newspaper. We got in touch with the family of Aldi, the little girl in the story, and they told us it was a miracle cure.
“Ever since then we’ve known that’s what we need to do for Abigail.”
Katie described how heartbreaking it is for her and Abigail’s dad Tom when Abigail asks why she is different to other children.
She said: “She says things to us like ‘Why can’t I jump? Why can’t I run? And I want to skip’. It’s horrible to have to explain to her why she can’t.
“But we’ve told her about the operation and she wants to have it.”
During the procedure, known as dorsal rhizotomy, medics find the nerves at the base of the spine that cause patients to walk on their tip toes and burn them.
Katie said: “When I spoke to Aldi’s mum after she’d had the operation she told me that she’d woken up and said to her ‘Thanks for changing my life mummy.’ I just want that day to come for us.”
Abigail’s dad, Tom is taking part in a sponsored 84-mile bike ride this weekend with friends to raise money.
ESP Cars in Long Eaton have also pledged their support to the cause and have organised a charity ball in June to help boost the fund.
Katie and Tom, who also have nine-month-old Scarlet, said: “Everyone’s been brilliant in supporting us and we’ve got loads of things planned.
“We’re at about £5,000 mark at the minute so we’ve still got a long way to go but we just want what’s best for Abigail.”
To find out about fundraising events or to support the family go to www.sendabbietoamerica.co.uk.