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Endeavour award for

op girl Miracle Maisie

    By Andrea Kirk  

ALMOST two years on from a life changing operation 11-year-old Maisie Rice is preparing to start Hornsea School and Language College. Now her mum Jane Holmes has spoken about how her daughter’s life has changed following the operation in September 2017, made possible by community fundraising of £40,000.

Maisie and her twin brother Alfie were born prematurely at 29 weeks, which resulted in Maisie having cerebral palsy. She needed to wear splints to walk and use a wheelchair for longer distances, but that changed when a consultant at a Leeds hospital identified Maisie as an ideal candidate for an operation known as SDR. It involved cutting the spastic nerves in Maisie’s spine to allow her to be able to walk unaided.

At the time the operation and intensive physiotherapy Maisie would need afterwards were not available on the NHS, so Maisie’s Challenge was launched and the operation took place on September 21, 2017. Intensive physiotherapy followed and when completed at Hull Royal Infirmary the family donated £1,000 from Maisie’s Challenge to the department for a treadmill. It was a thank you for the help given to Maisie and to help other children with their physiotherapy.

“Physiotherapy is still an important part of Maisie’s treatment but it now takes place with community physiotherapy and is currently focusing on Maisie’s core,” explained Jane.“Maisie faces new issues each time she grows, so the physiotherapy will form an important part of her recovery until she is 16. The consultant has said Maisie is further on than most children who have also had the operation and he’s very pleased with her progress. We’re really proud of her that she has never lost her enthusiasm.”

Maisie’s effort and resilience over the last two years was recognised at the end of the year at Hornsea Community Primary School when she received the Endeavour Award. The award is the St Nicholas Benefice trophy for endeavour and was presented to Maisie by Reverend Tina from the benefice at the year six leavers assembly.

“I was shocked but really happy to receive the award,” said Maisie and her mum added: “We were really proud. It was an emotional week as there was also the leavers’ concert and Maisie’s school report said she was an intelligent girl who had been a pleasure to teach. It was lovely to read as she missed a lot of school in year five due to the operation.”

As part of the transition to secondary school Maisie has had some extra visits to see how she copes with the stairs and the transition time between classes.

“I coped really well,” said Maisie who added one of the benefits of the operation was: “being able to balance to do my hair.” Maisie has also participated in swimming, horse riding and more recently a dance academy. She has also entered local dog shows with the family dog Daisy, something she wouldn’t have been able to do without the operation.

“I feel like everyone else now I don’t need the wheelchair and walker and it’s made me a lot more confident,” said Maisie.

The family has continued its commitment to give back to the community that helped achieve the overwhelming fundraising total for Maisie.

They have helped at many events over the two years, most recently at the firemen’s fundraising event on Saturday, August 3. They will also be helping at the Hornsea Biker event.

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