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Heartwarming moment girl, 3, with cerebral palsy walks unaided to meet Father Christmas on This Morning after op to fix her spine

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.’

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

She walked for the first time during a visit to the Winter Wonderland in Cheltenham which was organised by a local charity last Sunday
 
She was eventually diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of two
 

The family fundraised the £80,000 required for the surgery and the operation has allowed her to walk unassisted for the first time.

She walked for the first time during a visit to the Winter Wonderland in Cheltenham which was organised by a local charity last Sunday.

She said: “She wasn’t diagnosed until she was two and we started fundraising this time last year. We should have been in America right now, but we went early and came back in October.

 

“To watch her walk over to Santa was our very own Christmas miracle. The first thing Esme said to him was “look Santa, I can walk.”

It is even more astounding because medics warned it could take six to 12 months before Esme could walk

independently.

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