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).
Fate, my remarkable Russian cousin — and how we lost 43 of our family in the Holocaust: David Miliband tells the extraordinary story of his family PUBLISHED: 00:40 GMT, 3 December 2012 | UPDATED: 00:40 GMT, 3 December 2012 David Miliband with his cousin Sofia. She was born in the stairwell of a house in the Arbat district of Moscow, where she still lives today The wedding ring on my left hand was bought by my grandfather, Samuel Miliband, in Brussels in 1920