Brave youngster Abbi gets the green light

Abbi Reid gets the green light for life-changing surgery. Photo by Andy Thompson Photography.
Abbi Reid gets the green light for life-changing surgery. Photo by Andy Thompson Photography.

Courageous youngster Abbi Reid has been given all the all clear by doctors to have a life-changing operation next week.

The six-year-old, who suffers from cerebral palsy, has been given the go ahead to have a Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) on Friday (November 1) which will hopefully alleviate the symptoms of her condition.

The surgery involves opening vertebrae in the lower back to access the nerve routes, so those that are stiff and painful can be cut to reduce muscle tightness.

Abbi flew to London last week with her family for an appointment at Great Ormond Street Hospital to meet with Mr Aquilina, consultant neurosurgeon, who will be performing the operation, a consultant in paediatric neurodisability and a clinical specialist physiotherapist.

Her mum Susan said: “It was the first time Abbi and her brother Callum had flown before but they both loved it.

“We are over the moon. It’s a big step for Abbi, any operation is for a little one.

“It will be hard work after the surgery with the physio needed but the result is going to be good.”

Mrs Reid added: “The doctors indicated that the operation alone will not elevate all her walking difficulties, and further operations will be required.”

The family will be going to Great Ormond Street Hospital on Tuesday (October 29) as doctors want Abbi in two days before her operation.