Jasmine, 7, walks unaided for the first time in her life
A seven-year-old girl has walked unaided for the first time in her life – and her mum has praised the ‘generosity, love and kindness’ of those who helped to make it happen.
Jasmine Moxom, of Beck Row, has spastic diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy which affects her mobility, and it is her dream to be able to run around with her twin sister Summer.
Thanks to fund-raising and a charity appeal, backed by Bury Free Press readers, she has now managed to take 30 steps unaided.
Her mum Sally Morton, 34, said: “It has overwhelmed me. I was never sure if we would get to this point. The fact we’re actually here, it’s one of those things I can’t put into words.
“I love her as she is and I would never want to change the person she is. I know how desperate she was to walk and to be able to play with Summer.
“The amount of pride she had, it has meant so much to her and I’m hopeful with practice she will get more and more confident and it will continue to develop.”
Charity GeeWizz, based at Fornham St Martin, funded about 18 months of twice- weekly physio for Jasmine and raised nearly £5,000 from an appeal, supported by Bury Free Press readers, to improve accessibility at her home.
The work included taking down a wall in the kitchen, widening a doorway from the hall way, redecorating and laying new flooring.
Prior to that, Sally raised more than £60,000 to pay for an operation two years ago.
“Without the generosity of people, she wouldn’t be where she is today,” Sally said.
“People have just got behind her, supported her and shown so much love, kindness and empathy. It has completely restored my faith in humanity.”
She has documented Jasmine’s progress on social media.
“For her to be able to run around with Summer in the garden would be a dream come true for all of us,” Sally added.
She is considering fund-raising again soon to pay for block sessions of private physio.
The GeeWizz team said they were ‘really proud’ to have helped Jasmine – ‘a little girl determined to succeed’.