‘Life-changing’ operation has helped Romford girl, 10, to walk for the first time

17:45 19 February 2013

Ellie-Louise Sudbury, 10, with her brother Alfie.

Ellie-Louise Sudbury, 10, with her brother Alfie.


A year on from a “life-changing” operation a girl is learning to walk for the first time.

Ellie-Louise Sudbury, 10, was diagnosed with Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy as a child. The condition caused the muscles in her arms and legs to become tight and painful, meaning she could not walk, and had to use a wheelchair.

Last year Ellie-Louise’s family raised £45,000 through a number of fundraising helps, with the help of The Recorder, to help pay for her to go to Missouri, America and have a Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy procedure on her spinal cord and legs, followed by intensive therapy. The procedure involved cutting away some of her nerves, which were making her muscles tight and painful.

A year on, Ellie-Louise no longer relies on a wheelchair, and uses crutches to help her walk. Her mum Siobhan Stevens said Ellie-Louise has even started walking on her own.

Siobhan, of Gobions Avenue, Collier Row, said: “It was a totally life-changing operation for her and it has 100 per cent changed our lives.”

She added: “Ellie is doing really well and can now walk with her crutches and has taken 12 steps on her own.

“She still has a long way to go, but considering she had never walked before the operation, she is doing really well.

“When she came back from America she was really weak and her legs were like jelly. She had to learn to walk from scratch.

“She is starting to learn to walk now, but still uses her crutches. And she hasn’t used her wheelchair in months.”

She has to do her exercises every day to make her stronger.”

“It has been such a big improvement for her and she’s more confident in herself.”


Latest News Stories

59 minutes ago
Picture: BrianAJackson

The A127 Ardleigh Green Bridge was reduced to a single lane carriageway in both directions on Monday as work to replace it continues.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson announced a multi-million plan for the redevelopment of 86 acres of industrial land owned by the Greater London Authority in London Riverside on Friday.

A multi-million plan to develop 86 acres of riverside land will regenerate at least eight run-down industrial sites in Rainham.

Yesterday, 17:57
Circus big top. Picture: Johnny Green/PA

Rival circuses are accusing each other of using “every trick in the book” to drum up publicity for their own event after rolling into town at the same time.

Yesterday, 17:24
Rainham Hall

An 18th century manor upheld as one of the country’s finest surviving examples of a Georgian merchant’s home has opened to the public for the first time.

Yesterday, 14:55
The site would be one of three in London. Picture: David Parry/PA

Drivers could be popping into Rainham to charge their hydrogen-fuelled cars within 18 months after developers earmarked the area for their £31million project.

Yesterday, 12:29
Gray Gardens

A teenager has been charged with kidnap and attempted robbery after an abduction in Elm Park.

Yesterday, 10:31

Staff from F Barnes Solicitors holding a fundraising event for Saint Francis Hospice at Romford Bowls Club.

Businesses donated both their time and money for a good cause.

Yesterday, 07:26
Zac Goldsmith, who has been chosen as the Conservative Party's candidate to run for London mayor in 2016, the Tories have announced. (Nick Ansell/PA)

Zac Goldmsmith has been chosen as the Conservative Party candidate for the 2016 London Mayoral elections.

Most read news

News from your area


Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.


You could be splashing the cash at Topshop!

Just imagine what you could do with £1,000 to spend at Topshop.

You won't need to fork out for groceries for a while!

Asda, one of the country’s leading supermarkets, prides itself in being one of the cheapest places to shop, so you can be sure that your money will go a long way here!

Digital Edition

Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder