Teen with cerebral palsy pursues dream modelling career

A teenage girl living with cerebral palsy is eyeing up a successful modelling career after appearing in a recent television advert.

Ariella Byrne, Merseyside, was born premature in 2003 and diagnosed with cerebral palsy at just 18-months-old.

Doctors previously warned that Ariella may never be able to walk or talk, but the now-14-year-old has confounded medical opinion by managing to achieve both.

When she was just four-years-old, Ariella began talking, says mother Susan Byrne.

Years later, Ariella underwent a selective dorsal rhizotomy operation paid for by a community fundraising project.

“Currently she’s walking with just a walking stick – and a wheelchair at school for convenience,” says mother Susan.

“But she has already defied so many expectations – and now, with a little balance training, we reckon one day she’ll be walking down the catwalk.”

Young Ariella, who recently starred in a television commercial for Co-Op, proudly added: “I’m not going to let cerebral palsy stand in the way of my career.

“I’ve never opened a magazine and seen someone like myself; that’s why I want to be model,” she said.

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