LIFE-CHANGING surgery for a little girl is now “on the horizon” after a mammoth fundraising effort raised £34,000 in just 11 months.
The Lexie Leggy Fund was set up last May to help send Lexie Fordyce to America for surgery to enable her to walk.
Three-year-old Lexie’s mum Lisa, of Grendon Avenue, Corby, set up the appeal to help her daughter, who has cerebral palsy – and it is now just £6,000 short of the initial £40,000 target.
The family has also been given good news about Lexie’s prospects by a medical professional.
They visited Professor Michael Vloeburghs at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, and he described Lexie as a “perfect candidate” for surgery.
The family is now waiting for the relevant paperwork to come through from the NHS to support this.
Miss Fordyce said: “We went to see the professor in Nottingham and he gave Lexie the thumbs-up. It is definitely on the horizon. It is just a matter of getting the documentation sent through by the NHS.
“In the meantime I am working really hard with Lexie on building up her strength. I am getting a little bit nervous now as the fundraising is just the tip of the iceberg.”
Miss Fordyce said the family may have to raise more than £40,000 as Lexie will require intensive physiotherapy.
But she is confident Corby people will continue to support the appeal.
Miss Fordyce said: “Hopefully we will be able to carry on fundraising. The support has been amazing. Strangers have gone out of their way to help Lexie.”