Grace Shiers is now able to wiggle her toes after undergoing a life-changing operation

Grace Shiers
Grace Shiers

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  • Youngster faces a year of physiotherapy to help keep her moving
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  • Grace should be coming back home tomorrow
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ALL she’s wanted to do is wiggle her toes, bend her knees and jump around.

And thanks to an operation made possible by a massive fundraising drive, six-year-old Grace Shiers is already able to do some of those things.

I’m really happy I can wiggle my toes and I can bend my knees right up and hug them

Grace Shiers, six, has life-changing operation

The youngster, who was born with cerebral palsy, underwent a five-hour operation in Bristol.

The procedure, called selective dorsal rhizotomy, allows Grace to move her legs in ways she never could do before and has been hailed a success.

Grace, who is due to come home tomorrow, said: ‘I’m happy I’ve had it done because now my stretches don’t even hurt any more.

‘I’m really happy I can wiggle my toes and I can bend my knees right up and hug them.

‘I can’t wait to go home and happy all the bad bits are over now.’

Her family have worked on a campaign called Grace’s Goal, holding events and raising donations to reach £42,000.

Mum Katy Woodley, of Farmlea Road, Portchester, said: ‘We are so pleased with the operation and I’m so proud of how Grace has been throughout it all.

‘The night before the operation I was worried we were doing the wrong thing.

‘But after her operation the surgeon asked if she could wiggle her toes and she was able to.

‘That’s been the best moment for me and I burst into tears.

‘Already she’s able to do so much more than before and she’s amazed about the lack of pain she feels.

‘We’re also thankful at how many cards and gifts she’s been sent. The nurses said she was the most popular kid they’ve ever had there.’

Initially Grace’s Goal had a target of £65,000 so she could go to America for the non-NHS funded operation.

The severity of her condition meant she was initially not eligible to have the operation in Bristol.

But a scan last year found Grace has fluid on her brain and meant she could no longer go to America.

So for the past six months, £105 a week has been spent on personal training and physiotherapy sessions to ease the condition, which meant she did qualify for the operation in the UK and it was paid for by the NHS.

She will need a year of physiotherapy to help her, which will be paid for with the money that has been raised.