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Abigail to feature in BBC West documentary

Posted on Monday 20th June 2011 at 6:50 am by SH (Editor)

BBC Inside Out West documentary on SDR surgery

Abigail Newton Smith, the young cerebral palsy sufferer from Bradley Stoke who travelled to the USA for an operation to help her get around without a wheelchair, is to feature in a BBC West documentary tonight (Monday 20th June).

Abigail travelled to the St Louis Children’s Hospital to the undergo the selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) procedure in December 2010, after local people and businesses raised £36,000 to pay for the operation through the Footsteps 4 Abigail appeal.

At the time, the procedure was not available in the UK, but surgeons at Frenchay Hospital recently performed the surgery for the first time on the NHS – on a seven-year-old from Cornwall.

Both children feature in tonight’s Inside OutWest special, which goes out at 7:30pm on BBC1 West.

Toby Cox, another child from Bradley Stoke to have undergone SDR surgery in the USA, recently celebrated the first anniversary of his operation.

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Abigail doing well after operation in USA

Posted on Tuesday 21st December 2010 at 6:50 am by SH (Editor)

Abigail Newton Smith of Bradley Stoke

Abigail Newton Smith, the young cerebral palsy sufferer from Bradley Stoke who travelled to the USA for an operation that it is hoped will help her get around without a wheelchair, has had her first physiotherapy session just three days after undergoing the selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) procedure at the St Louis Children’s Hospital.

Local people and businesses rallied round to raise the £36,000 required to pay for Abigails’s travel and operation in response to the Footsteps 4 Abigail appeal started by her parents Carrie and Tim Newton Smith.

Writing on the appeal’s blog, Carrie and Tim say the physiotherapist was “really pleased with Abigail’s dedication on her first day”.

The blog also includes photos and short video clips taken before and after the operation.

Abigail has also started her own blog: Abigail’s  Thoughts

The strong-willed nine-year-old was featured in a BBC1 Inside Out West documentary [viewable here on YouTube] before leaving for the operation and a follow up report, including footage from the USA, is planned for a future programme.

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Abigail featured in BBC1 West documentary

Posted on Tuesday 30th November 2010 at 6:50 am by SH (Editor)

Abigail Newton Smith of Bradley Stoke

Abigail Newton Smith, the cerebral palsy sufferer from Bradley Stoke who is about to travel to the USA for a life-changing operation, was featured on  BBC1’s Inside Out West programme last night (Monday 29th).

Nine-year-old Abigail, who attends Bowsland Green Primary School, is due to undergo the selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) operation at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital on 16th December.

The Footsteps 4 Abigail appeal, which has been running since the Summer, has raised £36,000 to pay for her surgery, which is not currently available on the NHS.

Abigails’s Mum, Carrie, told The Journal:

“The last six months have been tough with so many weekends spent doing numerous fundraising events and when we weren’t physically at them we were planning for the next event.”

“Trying to maintain some degree of family life during such a stressful and emotional time has been a challenge, but we have been committed and are passionate about changing Abigail’s future.”

“She doesn’t want to spend her life in a wheelchair and have the doom of surgeries ahead of her. Abigail has always been a fighter and wants the best she can from life. She wants to be as independent as she possibly can.”

Read on for details of the final fundraising event in the campaign »

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Abigail sets her sights on USA trip for life-changing operation

Posted on Monday 5th July 2010 at 6:50 am by SH (Editor)

Abigail Newton Smith of Bradley Stoke

A fundraising campaign has begun to send a second child from Bradley Stoke to the USA for a life-changing operation.

Abigail Newton Smith, 8, suffers from cerebral palsy, mainly affecting her legs. She currently uses a wheelchair but wishes she could play football and tag with her friends.

Inspired by the story of Toby Cox,who is currently recovering from the same selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) operation at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Abigail’s family and friends have started the Footsteps 4 Abigail campaign to raise the £36,000 cost of the procedure.

Abigail, who weighed just 1lb 3oz when born 14 weeks prematurely, suffered bleeding on the brain and had to remain in hospital for six months.

She now attends Bowsland Green Primary School, where fellow pupils will soon be taking part in a sleepover to raise funds for the campaign. Two of Abigail’s support assistants at the school are also planning to take part in the Bristol Half Marathon to raise money for Abigail’s operation.

Other fundraising events already planned include a sponsored sky dive on Sunday 11th July and a Charity Ball Evening at the Hilton Hotel on Saturday 23rd October.

Also planned for October is a Funny Feet Day, where workers and students at local businesses, shops and schools will be sponsored to wear unusual/outrageous footwear.

Read on to find out more about the Footsteps 4 Abigail campaign and how your business could help »

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