The daughter of a former England footballer has appeared on television to talk about her experiences with cerebral palsy and her recent accomplishments.
Isabella Neville, daughter of footballer Gary Neville, was unable to walk without the aid of leg splints for ten years.
But the 13-year-old is currently enjoying physical education classes alongside able-bodied children at her school, is now able to walk fully unaided, and has recently signed a modelling contract with well-known agency Source.
Isabella appeared on ITV’s Lorraine last week to talk about her experiences with the condition and how she has defied doctor’s expectations and gone on to achieve great things.
Mum Julie Neville, who appeared alongside her on the show, told viewers how her and husband Gary gave Isabella “every opportunity” to achieve her dreams.
“Phil and I were very much along the thought process that if we accept that Isabella won’t do all the things that she potentially might – then she never will,” Julie told viewers.
“We said: ‘If we do everything in our power to do everything an able bodied child might do, then she’s got a chance,’” she added.
The proud mum also expressed her delight over Isabella’s recent modelling contract.
She said: “This hasn’t been done before, there are many disabled models out there but big brands don’t use models with disabilities – for Isabella to sign with a huge agency, it’s a huge step”.