Little Freya needs operation in the USA to give her the freedom to walk by herself


Rachel Nash

An appeal has been launched to raise funds for a little girl from Ruthin to travel to the US for surgery that will enable her to walk properly.


Freya Bailey, who will be four on Sunday, suffers from cerebral palsy that affects her lowers limbs. She needs 'selective dorsal rhizotomy' surgery that will allow her to walk and run normally. She currently walks with a frame as she has problems with balance and has severe difficulty walking unaided.


£65,000 needs to be raised for Freya to travel to St Louis, Missouri, to undergo surgery that will be performed by a surgeon who specializes in procedures specifically for the type of cerebral palsy that Freya has. The spinal surgery will improve her balance and posture and enable her to walk entirely independently.


Her mum, Beth Woolford, said : "She has a zest for life and gives everything her best.


"She does everything with a cheery disposition and a smile on her face.... cerebral palsy doesn't stop her giving her best to everything she does. We couldn't be any prouder of her!"


"To see her walk independently would be the best gift we could ever get, it will change her life."


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Read more about Freya and the appeal in the Free Press on sale on Wednesday.

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