A GIRL of 11 who has used a wheelchair for most of her life walked down the catwalk as a model at
Katie Renshaw was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, which impairs muscle co-ordination, as a baby.
Katie Renshaw walked down the catwalk yesterday modelling clothes for the Panda brand, using a stroller but only for support
The 11-year-old went through a nine-hour operation to straighten her legs and feet in order to help her walk for the first time
Three years ago she had a nine-hour operation to straighten her feet and legs at Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool. After another operation, and intensive physiotherapy, she took her first unaided steps last year.
Yesterday she was all smiles as she modelled clothes for the Panda brand, using a stroller on the catwalk but only for support.
Katie, from Runcorn, Cheshire, is signed to Zebedee Management and has already done photoshoots for River Island and Matalan.
Her mother Clare, 43, said: ‘She keeps saying how proud she is of herself.
‘She’s been through everything she’s been through, and now she’s able to do something as massive as this.’
She had the operation at Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool, and then underwent another and intensive physiotherapy to help her walk
London Fashion Week is being held over five days from Friday last week to Tuesday this week
What is cerebral palsy?
Cerebral palsy affects movement and co-ordination for sufferers.
The condition happens if a baby’s brain does not develop normally while in the womb, or is damaged during or soon after birth.
This damage may be caused by infections, toxin exposure or medical negligence.
It affects around one in 400 children born in the UK to some extent.
In the US, approximately 8,000-to-10,000 infants are born with the condition each year.
- Delays in reaching developmental milestones such as not sitting by eight months or walking by 18 months
- Seeming too stiff or too floppy
- Weak arms or legs
- Movements that are fidgety, jerky or clumsy
- Random uncontrolled movements
- Walking on tip toes
- A range of further difficulties such as problems when swallowing, and issues with vision, speaking and learning
Sufferers may develop limb and foot deformities, as well as curvature of the spine.
Swallowing and respiratory difficulties can also occur.
Treatment includes medication and physical, occupational, and speech therapy.
Surgery may also be necessary.
Source: NHS England