First step to new life for brave Brooke

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CARNOUSTIE girl Brooke Ramsay will take the first solid step this week toward getting life-changing treatment.

Brooke (7) suffers from a type of cerebral palsy which has seriously hampered mobility in her lower body and she has been fund-raising to afford treatment to remove spasticity.

Recently, the Guide & Gazette described how the NHS had agreed treatment pathways for similar cases and had chosen Brooke to be the first Scottish child to receive NHS funding for a selective dorsal rhizotomy to remove the spasticity in her limbs.

And today (Friday), Brooke will be undergoing the programme of tests necessary to determine her suitability for the operation before meeting with the surgeon.

Brooke will be accompanied by her mum, Laura, and dad, Stewart, to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol where she will meet physiotherapists, take a gait assessment and finally meet Mr Kristian Aquilina the neurosurgeon who could give Brooke freedom of movement.

Laura said: “This is the first step. It’s absolutely fantastic. When this all started we never ever thought to have a date in our minds of when we would be going down.

“We’re desperate just to meet him [Mr Aquilina]. It’s fine sending e-mails and making calls but it would be really nice to meet the person.

“He’s been very positive and all his e-mails are nice. He’s very approachable. If there’s anything at all we just e-mail him.”

Once the consultation is completed today, Brooke’s results will be discussed at the next fortnightly meeting of all the medical professionals involved in the operation.

Laura said: “We could be lucky and only have a week to wait, but if they’ve just had their meeting then we’ll have two weeks to wait.”

According to Laura when they first contacted Mr Aquilina last year they asked about a timeframe. She said: “I asked him what the waiting list was like and he said then it could be two to three months.

“Ideally I’d like him to turn round and say ‘we’ve got Brooke booked in for such and such a date’.”

The Swish held last Friday at David Lloyd Leisure, Monifieth raised £948 and the next event will be the Ceilidh for Brooke at Arbroath’s Meadowbank on Friday, May 18.