An eleven-year-old teenager, Charlotte, was told that she needs to spend the rest of her life on a wheel chair, after several surgeries could not alleviate a severe birth condition called spina bifida and hydrocephalus.
This journey for Charlotte has not been an easy one. More than 500 trips to Southampton and nearly 42 surgical procedures on her leg, back, stomach and head did not achieve the desire result.
AdvertisementAn orthopedic expert, Caroline Edwards, would not give up. She was determined to get the young lady on her feet.
The innovative doctor performed a complex operation to lengthen the tight muscles at the hips, knees and feet just before this girl turned 18. This pioneering surgery has enabled her walk again.
Charlotte said: 'When I was 11, I was given an electric wheelchair and told to just get on with it. After I met Caroline, I agreed to let her do the op she suggested but I didn't really know if it would work. Walking again after my operation did not feel strange and it didn't hurt; it just felt completely natural.'