Family's plea to help Faith, 9, walk properly for first time
A SWANSEA couple have set their sights on seeing their nine-year-old daughter walk properly for the first time in 2013.
Faith Jones, a pupil at Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Pontybrenin, was born with cerebral palsy and did not take her first steps until three years ago.
Even now she has difficulty walking unaided. But a pioneering operation, available in St Louis, America, could change all that provided her family is able to raise £45,000.
Her dad Darrell said: "Faith took her first steps at six after specialist treatment which, to us, was a miracle.
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"Her walking, however has not really improved in the past two years and we have been desperately searching since then for anything that will improve the quality of her life."
Faith, who lives with her dad, mum Sarah, and younger brother Morgan in Gowerton, faces a childhood very different from most children, however, she always has a smile on her face, says her dad.
"She is an inspiration, she will try anything," her father said. "She loves being outdoors but her condition means nearly all outdoor activities are incredibly difficult for her.
"Still, she tries, falls over again and again but she keeps getting up, never complains and is always smiling."
Of the operation, he said: "If all goes well she will no longer need her wheelchair. She will be able to walk over all types of terrain, she will hopefully be able to run and ride a bike. These are simple things for most children but a dream for Faith, a dream that could well come true."