An 11-year-old girl who suffers from rare Rett syndrome has been working with physiotherapists and a miracle walking machine in order to achieve greater mobility.
Georgia Strudwick, 11, has been able to hold her mother’s hand for the first time, despite having lost all movement in her fingers when she was just two-years-old.
“Georgia doesn’t normally hold on to anything, but since she has been going on the machine she automatically holds on. She holds my hand and is a lot stronger,” said Georgia’s mother, Lisa.
The 11-year-old has been visiting The Freddie Farmer Foundation in Croydon two hours a day for two weeks every two months, to make use of their LokoHelp gait-trainer walking machine.
Georgia has been able to walk and stand up straight with the aid of the miracle machine, and the assistance of her mother, Lisa and accompanying physiotherapists.
“When I hold her to walk it always felt like she was slumped, but now she is a lot stronger and can hold her legs stiffer,” Lisa said.
“She’s just thriving now. From a year ago to now she is a completely different person.”
Her family hope that she will eventually be able to use the miracle machine without assistance, and play football with her younger brother, Bobby.
“At the moment I stand at one end with Georgia, Bobby will put a football down, and we walk up the hallway as she kicks it,” said Lisa.