Parents raising money to fund operation for their daughter

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The parents of a four-year-old girl who missed out on an NHS-funded operation to help her walk are appealing for help to pay for the procedure. Kerry Smith and Sam Leadsham need to find £57,000 to fund the life-changing operation so that daughter Lily can use her legs.

The youngster was born prematurely on Christmas Eve, and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy shortly before her second birthday.

It means she can only walk with the help of a frame, but that could change after she was accepted for a special procedure, selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR), at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Miss Smith, a mum-of-three from Finch Court, Ringlestone in Kent, said: “When we finally received a diagnosis of cerebral palsy we knew the future would be different for Lily but Lily showed us how determined she is.

“It breaks my heart she can’t do things other children can.

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