Holly has good reason to party

Holly Davies
Holly Davies

A SIX-YEAR-OLD girl who underwent life-changing surgery in America will be at the centre of a celebration party in Daventry this weekend.

Holly Davies, who’s a pupil at The Grange School, underwent selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) treatment in June 2010 after a massive fundraisng effort meant she was able to travel to the USA for surgery.

She suffers with cerebral palsy which previously left her unable to walk flat-footed.

But her treatment means she can now live a completely normal life, and after further campaigning the procedure Holly underwent is now also available in the UK.

Ninety other children who have also benefited from the operation will be at the Barceló Hotel on Saturday.

They will be joined by doctors who perform the surgery and four children who have recently had the treatment in the UK.

Daventry MP Chris Heaton-Harris will also be at the event.

Holly’s mum Jo Davies said: “It’s been fantastic for Holly, I couldn’t have asked for more from the operation.

“Since the operation she is using muscles that she has never used before. She’s building them up slowly and her progress has been great.

“There aren’t many things she can’t do now; she loves dancing and takes part in things like sports day at school.

“She should be free of operations for the rest of her life and be able to live a totally normal life.

“And the fact the operation has now been commissioned by the NHS is fantastic.”