A battle to walk? Chloe’s now climbing...

Chloe New, of Agnew Road in Fleetwood, travelled to the USA for an operation to help her to walk, and twelve months on she is now able to get around the family home unaided.'Chloe with mum Angela.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'1-9-2014
Chloe New, of Agnew Road in Fleetwood, travelled to the USA for an operation to help her to walk, and twelve months on she is now able to get around the family home unaided.'Chloe with mum Angela. PIC BY ROB LOCK'1-9-2014
  • Chloe New, who has cerebral palsy, had a selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) operation in 2013
  • Operation was to ease stiffness in her legs and to help her walk
  • 12-year-old now climbing
  • Family raised £60,000 to fund operation in America

Taking a few steps unaided was all Chloe New and her family wished for when she first had an operation to help her walk.

Now, two years on, the determined 12-year-old has pulled herself up a climbing wall, a challenge she would never have imagined she could do.

She tried about 10 times, but she wouldn’t give up until she got to the top

Angela New

Chloe, who has cerebral palsy, had a selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) operation in 2013, to ease stiffness in her legs and to help her walk.

The operation was a complete success and she can now walk unaided.

The family were in Grizedale Forest, in Cumbria, when Chloe decided to have a go at the climbing wall.

Proud mum Angela, of Agnew Road, Fleetwood, said: “She was playing on something else and I said to her to have a go at the wall.

“She was so determined, she kept saying that she didn’t need any help and that she would do it by herself.

“She tried about 10 times, but she wouldn’t give up until she got to the top.

“Because we see her every day, we don’t always see how much she has improved until she does something for the first time, or when she has a go at something she hasn’t done for a while, like riding her trike.

“It’s at those times we see how far she has come.”

Chloe is still having physiotherapy four times a week to strengthen and improve her muscles.

The New family raised £60,000 for Chloe to have her operation in America by a pioneering surgeon in SDR.