Family fight for Sienna to take her first steps

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The family of a seven year old girl with severe disabilities is hoping to raise enough money to fund an operation in America for her to be able to walk by herself for the first time.

Sienna, who has brothers Shayen, six, Samuel, aged four, and one-year-old Shylan, enjoys waterplay and bubbles, being with other children and clapping

along to Beyoncé. Mum Tanya and dad Joseph Houghton are determined to get their daughter what she needs, taking on all of her care and fundraising at the same time for the selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery which will improve muscle stiffness and help her to walk, but costs £65,000.

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Tanya said: “People think that everything is free on the NHS and you can get what you need – but we have to fight for Sienna.

“The procedure will be life-changing for Sienna. It will take away her daily struggles so as her mother I have to do what I can so she gets this operation.”

Sienna also needs communication therapy and other specialist equipment to improve her independence.

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