The family of Laila Fromm have faith that the outcome of a major operation will eventually see their “sweet and resilient girl” live a life free from pain.
The four-year-old from Williamstown, who was born with cerebral palsy, underwent life-changing surgery on Friday at the St Louis Children’s Hospital Center for Cerebral Palsy – Spasticity in the US.
The lower spine surgery included severing Laila’s damaged nerves so her legs became weak and will be followed by intensive rehabilitation to re-train her muscles.
Parents Sally and Ryan, who are now by her bedside, told they Barossa Herald the operation so far has brought positive results.
“We are so blessed it’s (the operation) been a success and now time for recovery and the real fun – rehab,” Mrs Fromm said.
The couple shared their story in July and set up an online donation page seeking $100,000 to support the operation known as Selective Dorsal Rhizotomoy (SDR).
Since then more than $92,000 has been raised.
The Fromms also set up a social media page to share with the public their daughter’s journey.
On Friday they revealed to their hundreds of followers, that “Laila was absolutely incredible” leading up to her surgery.
“Even though it was insanely hard watching Laila go into surgery it was also bittersweet as she will wake up with no spasticity in her legs,” Mrs Fromm saod.
The outcome now means a five-day stay in hospital.
“We couldn’t be more thankful. We are in the hands of absolute brilliance,” Mrs Fromm said.
“We also couldn’t be more proud of the strength, resilience and her ability to go with the flow.”