Progress after surgery

Forfar girl Niamh Horton is making good progress after receiving potentially life-saving surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Eight-year-old Niamh underwent the procedure at the London hospital earlier this month to alleviate the effects of cerebral palsy.

She was only the second child in Tayside to receive NHS funding for the Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy, which involved cutting nerves in her spine, to help her to walk unaided for the first time.

Naimh’s parents, Michelle and Graham, have been fund-raising to meet the cost of her after care. Although NHS Tayside has funded the surgery, Naimh’s physiotherapy and has to be funded by her family who set themselves a target of between £24,000 and £30,000 to meet the costs over the next two years. According to updates on her Facebook page, ‘Naimh’s Dream’, her physiotherapy programme is well under way and Naimh is meeting the challenges she faces.

A recent post said: “Her ability to do the task she has been set and get better at it every time is unbelievable. Still a long way to go but she will get there.”

Naimh’s progress can be followed at