THIS is it – it’s the week Chloe New has been waiting for!
The 10-year-old, who has inspired a whole community, is jetting off to America for an operation that will change her life.
And with almost £60,000 in funding raised by local people, Chloe will have the operation to help her walk unaided, completed by the best team of surgeons in the world.
Chloe, who has cerebral palsy, flies to Missouri in the States on Friday with dad Terry, mum Angela and five-year-old brother Ben.
When she gets to St Louis Children’s Hospital she has a full week of appointments and tests before the four-hour ‘selective dorsal rhizotomy’ operation a week on Friday.
The family has fund-raised tirelessly since November and are overwhelmed by the support and generosity of people.
Terry said: “There’s no way we ever thought we would do it.
“Fund-raising was out of the question at first and we were just hoping she could have the operation on the NHS.
“When we realised that wasn’t going to happen though, we knew raising the money for it was the only way. We can’t thank people enough.”
Chloe is very excited about the surgery, although her mum and dad are full of trepidation.
“The nerves have kicked in now,” said Angela.
“It’s a four-hour operation and we should be able to see almost straight away the difference it has made by how far Chloe can stretch her leg out.
“But we don’t know how long it will be before we see her walk, but when she does I know I will cry!”
Nine days after the operation Chloe will need further surgery to stretch the muscles in her legs, followed by intense bouts of physiotherapy, some of which will have to be done at a clinic in Scotland.
To follow Chloe’s progress while she is in America log on to the Fleetwood Weekly News website and Facebook page and also Chloe’s Wish 2 Walk on Facebook.