Swansea's Francesca Monks to return home after US operation
A BRAVE Swansea girl who travelled to America to have an operation that may allow her to walk for the first time is set to arrive home this week.
Six-year-old Francesca Monks, from Bath Road, Morriston, has spent the past four weeks in rehab after undergoing life-changing surgery in the States.
The move came after her family and friends spent much of the last year trying to raise over £50,000 to realise her dream of being able to walk.
The youngster suffers from Diplegic Cerebral Palsy, and as a result is confined to a wheelchair, but the cash has enabled her to travel to America for corrective surgery.
Francesca’s mum, Finola Pryde, said: “We come home on Friday. We are looking forward to getting home but the hard work for Francesca will still continue.”
The operation, similar to that undergone by Neath youngster Hari Kieft, has enabled the Glyncollen primary school pupil from Bath Road, Morriston, to chalk up a first - pedalling a bike.
Her proud mum said: “Francesca has started to gain lots strength this past week and has today pedalled a bike for the first time ever she had a big smile on her face whilst doing this she is so pleased and for working so hard her physio bought her an ice cream.”
Wanting to thank their friends and supporters Miss Pryde added: “We want to thank everyone for all their kind messages whilst we have been out here they have meant a lot.”
The family is still fundraising to help pay for Francesca’s after care.
To donate visit www.justgiving.com/ francescasfootsteps