A schoolgirl with cerebral palsy – who doctors once doubted would be able to walk – has set herself the challenge of learning to ice skate.
Ten-year-old Mia Thorne, who has congenital hemiplegia, is determined to master the skill in time to take part in a charity ice hockey match this summer.
Stepping out on a rink can be a daunting prospect for any child, but Mia’s determination is made all the more remarkable given the balance problems and physical weakness which characterise her condition.
When she first made clear she would like to take up skating, her family were concerned about the toll that the activity would take, particularly given the fact that her joints are prone to dislocating.
She was nonetheless able to persuade them that it was something she had set her heart on and physiotherapy sessions were increased accordingly to help her body cope with the additional strain.
The youngster, who lives near Pontypridd, Wales, is now in sight of her target of raising £5,000 for the Dreams Come True charity.
Mum Karen said she was “proud beyond words” of her daughter’s persistence.
“Mia always stands up for what she believes in, and you don’t see that very often in ten-year-olds,” she told Wales Online. “People have told her she doesn’t have to do this, but she is just so determined.
“Every time we go for an ice skating session, she knows the consequences. She has had a lot of falls and I don’t like seeing her in pain, but I know how much she wants this, and so I can’t stop her doing it.
“A half-hour session every fortnight wears her out for a good few days, but that doesn’t stop her always having a big smile on her face.”
Mia was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was just 18-months-old and the initial prognosis was less than encouraging.
Almost a decade on, she has raised thousands to help youngsters who suffer with similar disabilities and her fundraising efforts have seen her honoured with a Diana Award.
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