Youngster with cerebral palsy recognised for her charity work

A nine-year-old girl who defied suggestions she may never learn to walk is doing valuable work as the ambassador for a children’s charity.

Mia Thorne, who has cerebral palsy, is an ambassador for the Caudwell Children’s charity.

As part of her role the schoolgirl, from Pontypridd, Wales, helps explain to other children about the charity’s work and encourages others to get involved.

Her determination to help has been praised by her family, with mum Karene describing the youngster as “an inspiration.”

“We are fully supportive of her and allow her to do things she wouldn’t normally be allowed to do. But everything we or the doctors say ‘no’ to she sort of does it anyway.

“She’s very determined and outspoken and doesn’t turn down any opportunities.”

Mia was diagnosed with hemiplegia, a form of cerebral palsy which affects the movement on one side of her body, when she was just 18 months old.

While the condition affects her mobility and she requires regular check-ups, her speech has been unaffected by the disorder and despite doctors’ fears she is able to walk – despite tiring easily.

Earlier this month, Mia was presented with the Diana Award by TV star Matt Johnson, in recognition of her good work helping other youngsters.

“We are extremely proud of Mia,” said Karene. “Since the diagnosis at the hospital it’s unbelievable how far she’s come. Every day is an achievement.

“It was hard seeing her struggle a lot in her younger years but when you see her doing even the little things she used to struggle with it gives me a sense of overwhelming joy.

“Mia has been outspoken and represented as a voice for children with disability and brain injuries.

“She has proved that no matter what your disability that it should not hold you back and has tried many activities to prove that she can do them – even if my heart has been in my mouth watching her.”

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