Teenager with spina bifida who was told to 'get used to a wheelchair' walks again after pioneering operation Charlotte was confined to a wheelchair aged 11 and told to 'just get on with it'But expert at Southampton General Hospital was convinced she could get Charlotte standing again Days before 18th birthday Charlotte underwent a complex operation to lengthen the tight muscles at the hips, knees and feetShe can now walk and says it feels 'completely natural' | UPDATED: 09:53 GMT, 26 December 2012 Charlotte Volante on a Jersey beach. Now she is walking her new ambition is to learn how to drive A teenager who was told to get on with life in a wheelchair life because she would never walk again is now walking after a pioneering operation. Charlotte Volante, from Jersey, had been confined to a wheelchair since the age of 11 after being born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus (water on the brain).
Football-mad boy, 4, denied surgery to help him walk, despite just living seven miles from specialist hospital that could treat him Jack suffers from spastic cerebral palsy, meaning muscle tightness in his legs makes it impossible for him to walkAn operation that cuts the faulty nerves in the spine could improve his conditionHowever, his NHS Trust has refused to fund it, despite Jack only living seven miles from the specialist hospital that performs the surgery | UPDATED: 17:38 GMT, 18 December 2012 A football-mad four-year-old boy has been refused an operation to enable him to walk and play his favourite sport due to an NHS postcode lottery. Jack Rooke suffers from cerebral palsy but a procedure available at a hospital just seven miles away could make a dramatic difference to his life. His family have now launched an appeal to raise 35,000 to pay for the surgery privately after his local NHS trust refused to provide funding.