Sully family celebrate after daughter has life changing operation in America
2:02pm Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
HAPPY FAMILY: Evie with "miracle worker" Dr Park, her sisters Ellie 11, Sophie eight, mum Zara, dad Jason and nanny.
A SULLY family are celebrating “a dream become a reality” after their daughter had a life changing operation in America.
Evie Broad, who suffers from a form of cerebral palsy called spastic diplegia, had the pioneering Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) operation and it is now hoped that she will now be able to walk longer distances unaided.
“Evie had the surgery and the results so far have been amazing,” said her mum Zara.
“I'd like to thank everyone involved for making our dream become a reality.”
Evie had previously struggled to walk long distances and would get “tired, angry and frustrated” as she was unable to keep up with her friends.
Her parents, Zara and Jason, had spent the last year fundraising to pay for the £40,000 operation, and are still hoping to raise money to pay for her aftercare.
It is now hoped that she can follow in the footsteps of Dinas Powys’s Elodie Wilton, who had the same operation in 2010.
Her parents, Cath and Rhys, said it made an “unbelievable difference” to her life and that she now enjoyed dancing and gymnastics.
Evie’s mum Zara, her dad Jason and older sisters Ellie, 11, and Sophie, eight, recently flew out to the St Louis Children's Hospital in Missouri, America, for Evie to have the operation.
Zara said that they had already noticed a marked difference in Evie since the operation.
“Just the little things make such a difference,” she said from America.
“Evie has always had cold feet, but as soon as she woke from surgery her feet were boiling with veins.
“We had never felt this and it was a lovely feeling.”
She added: “Two days after surgery she said to Jason: "Daddy, my feet don't hurt like they used to.”
“At that point we knew we had made the right decision.”
Zara added that the family now hope that Evie will build up the strength in her legs and be able to walk for longer distances.
“Evie's getting stronger every day, her feet are looking straighter and her walking pattern looks better,” she said.
“We are hoping she will no longer need her afo's, splints, to walk around.
“We still have a lot of work to do with building up her strength but her future is looking brighter.
She added: “We still need to continue fundraising for Evie's aftercare, so if anyone has any new ideas or wants to help please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"You can also donate at www.justgiving.com/hopeforevie3."