Appeal to help little girl with cerebral palsy dance like a princess

A Campaign has been launched to help a little girl achieve her dream of becoming a ballet dancer. Three-and-a-half-year-old Amelia Craig has cerebral palsy after being born 10 weeks prematurely. The painful condition mostly affects her limbs and means the muscles in her legs are permanently contracted. She cannot put her feet flat down on the ground and can only walk very short distances on the tips of her toes.

The youngster’s parents, Alana, 29, and William, 36, from Hove, have to make sure Amelia is supervised at all times because if she falls over, she cannot stand up again without help.

Amelia also has problems with her left arm and movements are a little disjointed. Alana said: “Doctors have told us that if things continue as they are, her knees and feet will turn in and the condition will deteriorate as she gets older to the point where she may need a wheelchair.”

Doctors say the best option to improve Amelia’s quality of life is an operation called selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR).

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