Help Hornchurch teenager to walk properly

A teenager who suffers from cerebral palsy is trying to raise �50,000 for an operation which could help her walk properly for the first time in her life.

Emily Morgan has a form of the condition called spastic diplegia, which affects her legs. Although the Hornchurch resident can walk, both her legs turn inwards and she walks high up on her toes, which causes her discomfort and makes her balance poor.

The Abbs Cross School pupil, who has two older brothers, is due to undergo an operation in July at St Louis Children’s Hospital in America.

The procedure, called selective dorsal rhizotomy, involves severing bad nerves in Emily’s spine, leaving only good ones which should help her to walk properly.

She needs to raise �50,000 to fund the operation, which is not available in Britain, and the subsequent physiotherapy she will need to undergo.

Emily’s mum Helen said: “This operation is life-changing for Emily and our family.

“After the operation it will take Emily a while to learn to walk again but after lots of hard work she will eventually walk with her feet flat on the ground for the first time ever.

Most Read

So far Emily’s family and friends have raised �15,000. This month 20 people took part in a sponsored bike ride from Romford to Buckingham Palace and back again.

A party night will be held at The West Lodge, Upminster, on Sunday, May 1 from 7.30pm to midnight. Tickets cost �25 each.

For more information about Emily or to buy tickets for the party night visit

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter