From learning to walk to treading the boards

Chloe New (centre) with her classmates from Shakespeare Primary School performing their end of year school play Porridge.
Chloe New (centre) with her classmates from Shakespeare Primary School performing their end of year school play Porridge.

There’s just no stopping her!

Looking at Chloe New, you wouldn’t think she has just had major surgery.

But the 10-year-old has not only returned to school, she has also spent the last week treading the boards in two stage productions.

Chloe who underwent surgery on her spine at the end of May to help her walk, has thrown herself back into normal life on top of intense physiotherapy sessions.

Chloe performed alongside classmates at Shakespeare Primary School for her end of year school production ‘Porridge’ on Wednesday night and then did a solo piece in ‘Our Place’ the latest production from Tramshed Theatre group.

Proud mum Angela New said: “We are so proud of Chloe, she’s been through so much but never complains, she just carries on going.

“She loves being on the stage and she did a solo singing the chorus of a song.

“When she was doing it you could see her little face light up, it was absolutely brilliant.”

Chloe has cerebral palsy and needed a Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy operation which has helped to release tension in her muscles and will eventually help her walk unaided.

Her family raised £60,000 to pay for the treatment and the aftercare she is now receiving.

Chloe has physiotherapy every day to strengthen the muscles in her legs and Angela says she in improving every day.

“It’s going really well, she is standing nice and tall, you can really see the difference.

“We are now waiting to go to Scotland in August for a week which is what’s described as SDR bootcamp.

“It’s a very intense course and apparently the results are amazing. ”

There’s just no stopping Chloe New!