Therapy going well for twins

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CARNOUSTIE twins Ayley and Chloe are responding well to therapy in America according to their mother.

The Hirsch sisters underwent surgery on January 10 in St Louis, Missouri, where a selective dorsal rhizotomy procedure removed spasticity from their legs.

The operation selectively removes damaged nerve roots, while leaving the healthy ones free to carry the correct electrical impulses to their muscles, and in this case improving the girls’ ability to walk.

Ayley and Chloe have been in physiotherapy since shortly after they were awoken from surgery, and last week took their first steps. On Monday they met with their neurosurgeon for a check-up.

Dr T.S. Park is a consultant neurosurgeon at St Louis’ Children’s Hospital and has been carrying out selective dorsal rhizotomies for the last 20 years with a 100 per cent success rate.

The twins’ mother Averil Hirsch said: “A great meeting with Dr Park this morning. He is very impressed with both girls at their check-up today.”

Ayley and Chloe are currently having daily sessions with their physiotherapists, and Averil is very pleased with their progress.

On Monday the girls had a particularly good session, Averil said: “It was another brilliant afternoon at therapy. Chloe worked so so hard. She managed to walk in her walker by herself. She was so determined all the way. She did me proud.”

Averil added that Ayley managed to walk by herself unaided and was able to use a treadmill for seven minutes, a huge achievement for her.

Averil and the girls are due home in less than two weeks, when they will be reunited with their older sister, Lilly, and dad, Frazer, who had to return home early due to work commitments.

A welcome home party has been organised for Saturday, February 11 at the Station Hotel, Carnoustie. The evening has been styled as a 60’s night, and will feature a 60’s quiz, stovies and live music from Beatles tribute band Revolver.

Entertainment starts at 7.30 p.m. and tickets are available from either Ailsa on 07880547757 or Debbie on 01382 800234.

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