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Australia Girl with cerebral palsy to get life-changing treatment thanks to Australian public

02:36  13 july  2018
02:36  13 july  2018 Source:   honey.nine.com.au

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Girl with cerebral palsy to get life - changing treatment thanks to Australian public . By Pippa Bradshaw2 months ago. A Queensland girl is a step closer to being able to walk on her own, after generous donations from the public . Four-year-old Ciara Burgin suffers from cerebral palsy spastic

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a little girl sitting in a car© Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd A Queensland girl is a step closer to being able to walk on her own, after generous donations from the public.

Four-year-old Ciara Burgin suffers from cerebral palsy spastic diplegia meaning she currently can't walk unaided.

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Earlier this year A Current Affair caught up with Ciara and her mother Ashling, as they started to raise the more than 100 thousand dollars needed, to travel to the US for revolutionary surgery to help little Ciara.

"Her level of pain will decrease, if not be non-existent, she will be able to walk in all environments independently." Mum Ashling told A Current Affair.

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The surgery will be performed by Dr T.S Park in St Louis, Missouri. He's currently the only specialist in the world who performs this type of procedure, called selective dorsal rhizotomy.

"This is the only surgery that can eliminate, remove the spasticity, permanently." Dr Park said.

Ciara was originally booked in to have the life-changing surgery in March next year, but after raising the money needed for the surgery early, Ashling asked to be put on the cancellation list, in the hope of fast-tracking the procedure.

"They called me and said there's an opening available for the 16th of August for surgery." Ashling said.

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While Ashling has been able to raise enough money for the surgery, she's still fundraising to cover the other expenses of what's expected to be a 6 week trip to the United States.

A Current Affair teamed up with Flight Centre to be able to surprise the family with some help getting to St Louis.

"We heard about your story and we just wanted to help out." Rhiannon Doran from flight centre told Ashling.

The company has now arranged the internal flights for the family to get from Los Angeles to St Louis.

"Well we're they're now, it is reality, it is going to happen, it's not a case of 'we land into America, how do we get to St Louis' ". Ashling rejoiced.

The family will head to the US, next month.

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