Schoolgirl who spent first four years in body-cast enjoys dream trip to Disney World
A brave schoolgirl who spent the first four years of her life in a body cast has enjoyed a dream trip to Disney World.
Edith Marshall, seven, from Kings Heath, Birmingham, has seen her wishes come true by finally being made to feel like a princess.
She suffered from infantile scoliosis, a crippling spinal disease, before being one of the first people in the world to have a magnetic rod surgically fitted to her spine.
Edith, who also suffers from Congenital Connective Tissue Disorder, had her dream come true when a charity flew her and her parents, Chris and Geraldine, to Disney World in Florida.
Geraldine said: “Edith couldn’t believe that her dream was actually coming true!
“Not long ago she was in constant discomfort and struggled to walk properly but she’s come so far since then – we’re absolutely over the moon.
“We went in April for her birthday which was great. We are all so grateful for the experience, it’s given all of us so many wonderful memories.”
Geraldine, 45, is working on a PhD in art and design and lives with husband Chris, a 47-year-old graphic designer.
Brave Edith was diagnosed with scoliosis in November 2012 after spending the first four years of her life wearing a plaster cast from her hips to her shoulders.
The cast, which had to be changed every three months under general anaesthetic, prevented her spine from continuing to curve and crush her organs.
Geraldine said: “She was always in so much discomfort. She couldn’t move properly and we had to carry her on a cushion because she was so fragile.
“We couldn’t even cuddle her which was heart-breaking for me as a mother but that changed after the surgery.
“Since then she’s been a bright, bubbly little girl. Edith’s a very good singer and she’s very clever – she loves school.
“Now we can cuddle our little girl without having to worry.”
The Starlight Children’s Foundation arranged to send Edith and her family in April to meet all her favourite Disney characters, including Winnie the Pooh, Tigger and Piglet.