Girl edges closer to her dancing dream following pioneering operation

A five-year-old living with a movement disorder has come a step closer to realising her dream of being able to dance.

Charlotte Bottger, from Gloucestershire, has undergone ground-breaking surgery in the United States, which has given her greater mobility.

The youngster was around 18-months-old when she was first diagnosed with a severe form of quadriplegic cerebral palsy. Charlotte’s parents, James and Kate, had been warned by doctors that she faced a life with limited independence.

Their situation inspired the family to launch a major fundraising campaign, with £60,000 needed to fly Charlotte the thousands of miles to St Louis Children’s Hospital.

The family spent more than a month at the facility and following the procedure, the schoolgirl underwent intensive physiotherapy to build up muscles she had never used before.

Her parents have said her response to the treatment has been profound.

“It has been life-changing for Charlotte,” said Kate. “Before the operation she was in chronic pain, with spasms in her legs.

“There have been so many changes we didn’t expect, especially with Charlotte’s cognitive ability. Being free of pain seems to have created space in her brain allowing her to use her imagination more.”

Charlotte’s story has been the focus of an ITV documentary, What Would Be Your Miracle, which featured moving scenes of the little girl stepping out onto the dance floor at the Royal Opera House.

At present the youngster is working alongside GDance, an initiative which aims to make ballet a more accessible pastime for disabled children.

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