The family of a youngster who walked for the first time after ground-breaking surgery in America are appealing to residents to help with her spiralling aftercare costs.
Residents rallied round to help raise £70,000 for six-year-old Mae Fox to have surgery in America.
But with £12,000-a-year aftercare costs to keep on top of her family are hoping residents will continue to dig deep.
Doctors had previously told the family of Mae, of Birch Road, Cantley, that the youngster may never walk because of her spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy – the most severe form of the condition.
But medics are now confident Mae will walk completely unaided in the future after the pioneering operation in Missouri.
Mae’s mum Amy Fox said: “Mae’s progress has been absolutely amazing but the costs of all the physio and aftercare treatment is £12,000 a year.
“In a way the aftercare is just as important, if not more important, than the operation. We have to keep up with all the physio otherwise Mae cannot reach her full potential.
“We’re so thankful for everything everyone has done to help.”
The family know just how much Mae’s aftercare and hard work and determination is paying off after witnessing her walk for 15 continuous minutes recently – the longest the youngster has achieved since her operation.
Amy said of the milestone moment: “It was absolutely massive, I couldn’t quite believe what I was seeing and felt really tearful.
“It took me a few weeks to digest that Mae had actually done it and it makes me really emotional every time I think about how far she has come.
“This just proves that the aftercare is paying off and we want to ensure Mae is able to carry on with it.
“We do fear that a day will come when we simply can’t afford to keep up with Mae’s physio and aftercare that is not provided by the NHS.”
A charity Stars in Our Eyes night for the Hope4Mae is taking place on Saturday, February 13, at Woodfield Social Club, Balby, at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £2.50 – ring 01302 853446 to book
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