Hospital date for Abbi Reid

Abbi Reid will hopefully have a Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy operation which will hopefully help to alleviate the symptoms of her celebral palsy. Photo by Andy Thompson Photography.
Abbi Reid will hopefully have a Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy operation which will hopefully help to alleviate the symptoms of her celebral palsy. Photo by Andy Thompson Photography.

Brave Abbi Reid who has cerebral palsy is having an assessment today (October 17) concerning a life-changing operation to alleviate the symptoms of her condition.

The six-year-old was given the go-ahead to have a Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) earlier in the year, which will be funded by the NHS.

She is due to have an assessment today (October 17) at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London with a consultant paediatrician, paediatric neurologist, paediatric specialist registrar and a clinical specialist physio.

The SDR operation involves identifying spinal nerves which cause stiffness and pain, and opening vertebrae in the lower back to allow access to the nerve routes, so those affected can be cut to reduce tightness in the muscles.

Her mum Susan said: “We are apprehensive but with any operation there is the risk involved, but we’ve got to give her the chance at a quality of life.

“After the operation Abbi should be able to put her feet flatter on the floor.

“Hopefully she’ll be able to ride her bike and run around like any other six year old.”

The operation is quite rare in the UK, with the first only being carried out two years ago, although the procedure was originally developed in 1898, yet it has only really become popular over the last 30 years.

Mrs Reid said: “We have been in touch with a girl in Carnoustie who has had the operation, which has been a big success for her, so Abbi knows what has happened to her.”

She explained that although the NHS funding covers the cost of the operation, it does not cover the aftercare for Abbi. So the family has been trying to raise funds with the help of the community, to pay for the intensive physiotherapy necessary for Abbi’s progress after the operation.

Mrs Reid said the family wanted to thank everyone who has helped to raise money for Abbi.