Walton: Brave Jasmine hopes to throw away her wheelchair next year

A brave little girl who was born with two dislocated hips is hoping she will soon be able to throw away the wheelchair she has used her whole life.

Nine-year-old Jasmine Fox was born with hip dysplasia on both sides which has caused severe mobility problems.

She was unable to walk more than 100 metres before she would have to sit down because of the pain.

Her condition was diagnosed when she was four and, after spending the whole summer in Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, surgeons have now rebuilt her hips.

Jasmine’s parents, Patrick Peevers, 39, and Georgia Fox, 40, have been told she has a 50/50 chance of being able to walk unassisted in a year’s time.

Patrick, from Walton, said: “She has been so brave.

“She missed all her summer holiday because we were in hospital from June 16 and she got discharged about two weeks ago.

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“There is a 50/50 chance that next year she won’t need a wheelchair – that would be heaven and it would give her a new lease of life.

“I’m welling up just thinking about it.

“It would be so amazing, absolutely great.

“We’ve just got to keep up with the physio and get her mobile so she can walk.”

Georgia added: “It could take up to 18 months but it would be marvellous if she didn’t have to use the wheelchair any more.”

Patrick stayed in the grounds of the hospital all summer with Jasmine and was quick to thank everyone who helped his daughter.

He said: “I want to say a massive thank you to all the nurses and the play team.

“I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart because they were absolutely brilliant.”

Mr Peevers is hoping to take Jasmine on a holiday because she missed her summer but, for the moment, the only thing on Jasmine’s mind is being able to walk.

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