Emmy could walk ‘within a year’

Emmy could walk ‘within a year’, predicts doctors, after surgery.

A Basingstoke toddler’s life has been changed for the better, thanks to the generosity of those in her home town.

Little Emmy King, from Lychpit, is currently in St Louis, Missouri, learning to take her first steps, after receiving life-changing surgery.

The two-year-old was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy Spastic Diplegia and suffered brain damage, after being born eight weeks prematurely. This caused increased muscle tone in Emmy’s feet and legs, leaving them constantly stiff, and making it difficult for her to move around on her own.

As previously reported in the Observer, Emmy’s family reached out to the public to help them raise £100,000 to fly over to the USA and get the surgery and physiotherapy needed to help her walk.

After seven months of campaigning, Ready Emmy Walk reached the magic number at the start of September, with the youngster then getting the selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) surgery on September 27 at St Louis Children’s Hospital.

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