A THREE-year-old with cerebral palsy left viewers in tears when she walked unaided to meet Santa on This Morning.
Heartwarming footage shows brave little Esme Hodge stepping towards Father Christmas with her arms outstretched to claim her present.
The tot, from Thornbury in Bristol was diagnosed with the condition and spastic diplegia last year.
The tot travelled to America to undergo an £80,000 procedure and last Sunday she took her first steps without the help of a frame.
Today Esme and her parents Angela, 40, and Matthew, 44, were on This Morning and touched viewers as she got out of her wheelchair and walked to greet Santa.
Many people took to Twitter to admire the ‘strong little girl.’
Oh my word! I’m in tears at Esme walking to Santa. What a wonderful little girl. #thismorning
— Sara Mason (@piglet2602) December 15, 2017
crying at #thismorning what a lovely wee girl ❤
— 💫hαnnαh (@hannnah_2) December 15, 2017
Esme was born 11 premature and weighted only 3lbs and had to be placed in a special incubator for six weeks.
But after returning home her parents knew something was not right when she didn’t develop at the same rate as other babies and she could not use her left side.
She was eventually diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of two.
Her mum Angela heard about a procedure known as selective dorsal rhizotomy but discovered it was not available on the NHS.
Today Esme and her parents Angela, and Matthew were on This Morning and touched viewers as she got out of her wheelchair and walked unaided to collect a gift from Santa