Meet Abigail

10 year old Abigail has cerebral palsy; a lifelong condition which affects movement and co-ordination.

But thanks to an innovative operation at Alder Hey, Abigail has been given a new lease of life. Abigail recently had Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) surgery which was performed by Alder Hey surgeon Ms Benedetta Pettorini; one of only five surgeons in the UK offering this surgery. As part of Abigail’s recovery, she undertook weeks of physiotherapy at Alder Hey and worked closely with the hospital physio team including Carol. Often Carol would work with Abigail for two sessions a day to improve her mobility post operation. 

 “The operation has been a godsend. Abigail can now do things she couldn’t do beforehand which have really helped to increase her independence and confidence. We can’t thank Miss Pettorini and the team enough for the care we received. And of course Carol and the amazing physio team who work with her tirelessly to help give her the best future.” Helen, Abigail’s mum.

Abigail is one of the models in the 2019 Matalan Alder Hey PJ Campaign.

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