09:30AM, Sunday 08 June 2014
A courageous eight-year-old became a teaching assistant for a day at her school yesterday - only weeks after undergoing a second major operation to help her walk.
Vivi Gregory-Osborne, of York Avenue, Windsor, was specially asked by her headteacher Roz Sendorek at Oakfield First school in Imperial Road to help look after younger pupils in the 'Saplings' reception class.
Vivi has the condition known as spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy. Doctor Sendorek said: "Vivi has been inspirational in the way she copes with her physical disabilities. She has brought the school together on numerous occasions through the Vivi's Venture campaign."
The campaign aims to raise £75,000 to pay for treatment not available on the NHS to keep Vivi from being confined to a wheelchair. She underwent an operation in October 2012 to cut nerves damaged by her condition, leaving unaffected ones intact so she could use them to walk and balance.
But a second operation became necessary on May 19 this year to realign tendons. She will be in casts for weeks and will need intensive physiotherapy.
On Tuesday her mum Helen said: "She took her first steps today. She is doing really well."
But she added: "There is no cure for cerebral palsy. You just have to manage the effects. We still don't know how bones will grow.
"We hope that even if they do grow a little crooked it can still be managed by physiotherapy."
Doctor Sendorek said everyone would miss Vivi when she leaves Oakfield school this summer to go to St Francis Catholic Primary School in Coronation Road, South Ascot.
Visit www.vivisventure.com for more details on the campaign.
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