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Terri gets a new wig

PUBLISHED: 22:40 29 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:56 03 March 2010

AS soon as she saw the wig that will form her new image, ecstatic Ipswich youngster Terri Calvesbert picked up a hairbrush to preen it to perfection.

For the past three years the courageous little girl has worn pretty, bright-coloured hats, to hide the scars from terrible burns she suffered in a fire in 1998.

AS soon as she saw the wig that will form her new image, ecstatic Ipswich youngster Terri Calvesbert picked up a hairbrush to preen it to perfection.

For the past three years the courageous little girl has worn pretty, bright-coloured hats, to hide the scars from terrible burns she suffered in a fire in 1998.

Her head is still tender, and she has no hair, but she wanted more than anything to look like the other little girls in her class at Whitehouse Infants School.

Now a dark blonde wig has been specially made for her by Frobishers, and she loved trying it on just days before her fifth

birthday.

Wigmaker Jean Usher crafted the wig from human hair, and designed it specially to be

comfortable for Terri. It was then trimmed and styled by Trevor Bishop.

Frobishers, which has branches in Stowmarket and Ipswich, has made wigs since 1965, and Mrs Usher has made them herself for 20 years.

She said: "We made a cast of Terri's head, so the wig would fit like a second skin, then added a special soft lining inside.

"There's no elastic inside which could have cut into her head, and each hair is individually knotted on. The whole process took about eight weeks."

Mrs Usher said she often made wigs for people with scars, or hair loss conditions like alopecia, but Terri's sensitive skin had been a new challenge.

She said: "Terri really was ecstatic when she tried it on. She's such a lively little girl that it's quite humbling to meet her. She immediately picked up a brush and began to stroke it.

"She is quite dextrous and I think she will enjoy looking after the wig.

"It will be nice for her to have hair like the other children at school, and she had been looking forward to seeing it, so much."

Terri's dad Paul added: "She loves the wig and doesn't want to take it off. It gets a bit hot so she's getting used to it, and she loves wearing it at school."

n There is a second chance to see the TV programme about Terri, called Cover Story – Living Doll on Thursday, December 6.

It will be shown at 11.30pm on Anglia, and feature the skill of the medical team at Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, and the love of her dad, Paul.

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