Brave Clitheroe girl recovers from surgery to change her life

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Brave Clitheroe fund-raiser Eleanor Howic is recovering from major surgery to lengthen her leg after she was born with her foot set at the wrong angle.

Eleanor (8), a pupil at Pendle Primary School, was featured in The Clitheroe Advertiser and Times after she bravely went ahead with a walk to raise funds for the hospital where she was to be treated.

Alder Hey’s “Imagine” appeal is a charity which helps raise funds towards the pioneering work of the hospital, to develop facilites and continue to offer the highest standards of care to young patients. To date, Eleanor is proud to have contributed the considerable sum of £520 and wishes to thank her family and friends who have helped her along the way. She has also received a certificate from the appeal organisers, in recognition of her efforts.

Eleanor’s mum, Rachel Howick, commented: “We are so pleased with Eleanor’s progress since the operation. Her surgeon fitted a bar fixator during the four-hour operation and the aim is to lengthen her leg by six centimetres, achieved by turning the screws on her leg three times a day. This is extremely painful and she has to be heavily medicated with pain relief. She also has weekly visits to the hospital for physiotherapy and hydrotherapy, but it all seems to be paying off, as her leg is already two centimetres longer than before the operation.”

Although she has a further operation ahead of her in July, to remove the bar and have metal plates inserted, Eleanor is looking forward to life getting back to relative normality and will re-join her classmates at school this week.