By Peter Salter
Life-changing surgery has left a little girl with cerebral palsy “over the moon” now that she can walk.
Previously, Shannon Bowley could only move by shuffling on her bottom but now she can stand on her own and walk with the aid of a walker. Even simple tasks like standing up and getting off the sofa bring the eight-year-old from Top Valley huge pleasure.
Shannon, affectionately nicknamed “the shuffle monster” by her grandmother, had her selective dorsal rhizotomy operation cancelled last year a week before it was due to take place because of funding cuts.
But after the Nottingham Post highlighted the issue, Queen’s Medical Centre paid £100,000 towards the treatment of Shannon and 18 other patients and she had her surgery in February.
Shannon’s grandmother and legal guardian, Samantha Jones, 42, said: “Shannon’s doing really well. She’s over the moon with what she can do. She’s so much happier! She could only stand for around eight seconds before but now she can stand on her own for about a minute and a half. And little things like not being able to get off the sofa, she can now do. That doesn’t sound like a lot but to her, it’s massive.”
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