Ready Emmy Walk has reached its target in 7 months

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A little girl is set for a life-changing operation after the community of Basingstoke and Deane helped raise an incredible £100,000 in just seven months to pay for the procedure.

As previously reported Emmy King’s family, from Lychpit, launched Ready Emmy Walk with the hope of raising the funds to pay for the operation in America which will help her walk. The two-year-old has clearly touched the hearts of thousands of people, who have rallied to raise the funds to help the family.

Emmy was diagnosed with cerebral palsy spastic diplegia last July, but an operation called selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) to help sufferers walk is not available on the NHS in the UK.

Carly King, Emmy’s mum, said she was amazed the funds had been raised so quickly, adding: “I just can’t believe it. I never thought we would raise it all before we went. We thought we would be fundraising when we came back. It has been a whirlwind, we have done it in seven months. Originally it was £85k but we increased it to £100k because we found out we weren’t going to get nearly as much NHS physiotherapy as we were hoping for. It’s £100 an hour so that put the figure up a bit. When Brexit happened that added thousands so that was a major blow.”

The family is now preparing for the trip to America, before Emmy has the life-changing surgery on September 27. She will spend about a month in the USA before returning home on October 22, when she will begin daily physiotherapy.

Carly said: “It’s so nerve wracking. It’s really exciting but terrifying as well.”

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