A CARNOUSTIE girl woke up to some life-changing news this week, writes Johnston Ralston.
Brooke Ramsay (7), the little girl at the heart of the fund-raising campaign Brooke’s Dream, got the answer she had been waiting for when the NHS approved her for surgery.
Brooke, who suffers from a form of cerebral palsy which limits movement in her legs, is in line for a selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) procedure at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol.
Her father, Stewart, said: “We got the email early Tuesday morning.
“Laura has been checking it practically every day anyway. I personally didn’t think it was going to be quite as quick as this though. She sent Mr Aquilina an email just to ask if they had a date for the decision to be made, not knowing they were actually having the meeting already. The reply was there when we woke up.”
Brooke is now on the waiting list for SDR. Stewart continued: “It was really good to hear. We’ve waited so long for something like this. It’s been a long nine months. We’ve just been waiting and waiting.
“It’s just such a surreal feeling. Now we know it’s definite, we just want to get it done.”
Hopefully the family will not have to wait too long. Stewart explained: “It will be this year. When we went down on the 11th we asked what the time was between a positive assessment and the operation and they said it was a four month waiting list. That takes us to September, even if the waiting list increases.”
Understandably, Brooke is happy at the news. Stewart said: “We thought she was a wee bit wary, almost a bit nervous in Bristol. But she was very excited, we thought there might be some nerves from her but she hasn’t been like that at all.”