Potters Bar youngster going to America for life changing op

A FOUR-YEAR-OLD girl, who suffers with a debilitating condition, could walk correctly for the first time in her life after �40,000 was raised to pay for a life-changing operation.

Macey Page will fly to America next Friday with her mum Nicola and dad Paul for a treatment which will seek to severely improve her cerebral palsy.

The Potters Bar youngster was born 10 weeks premature with twin sister Grace, who died at birth.

She spent seven weeks in intensive and special care, and since then has undergone regular physio sessions to help stretch her muscles, as well as a botox operation to relax her muscles.

Macey also currently wears “very uncomfortable” shoe splints for up to 10 hours a day, which enable her to walk flat footed.

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However the Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) operation at St Louis Children’s Hospital, in Missouri, will hopefully put an end to all her pain and help Macey do all the thing she wishes too.

Mum Nicola told the Potters Bar Edition: “We’re overwhelmed with the support of everyone; it’s been truly fantastic.

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“A businessman we know has really helped us and boosted our efforts.

“But at least three events by Potters Bar people, including one man who walked Hadrians Wall and a football match, have been vitally important as well.”

The surgery, which involves sectioning (cutting) of some of the sensory nerve fibres that come from the muscles and enter the spinal cord, should mean Macey will not need any further operations.

Nicola, from Mimms Hall Road, added: “When we were first approved for Macey to have the operation it didn’t seem quite real, as we had the daunting task of rasing �40,000.

“Now we’ve done that it’s brilliant, but obviously as a mum it is a very anxious time; I just want to get out there and get it done and come back home.

“A lot of it will be up to Macey afterwards, she has to be strong and learn again. Hopefully though by the time we return, on November 22, she can go back to school again.”

* THE daughter of a 70s glam rock star is to be performing in Potters Bar to help raise funds for Macey’s after care.

Laura Quatro, the daughter of Suzi Quatro (whose hits include Can the Can, 48 Crash and Devil Gate Drive) will be at The Strafford Arms, in Mutton Lane, on November 27.

Entitled A Song For Macey, the gig has been organised by band Velvet Skye, who are performing, alongside J Miles, Kathryn May and others.

The night includes an auction and a raffle.

Call 01707 651438 to buy a �5 ticket or to donate further raffle prizes.

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