Lexie set for US hospital trip

Lisa Mellon and her daughter Lexie Fordyce
Lisa Mellon and her daughter Lexie Fordyce

Little Lexie Fordyce will soon be travelling across the Atlantic with her mum in a million for surgery her family hope will enable her to walk.

As the five-year-old’s mum Lisa and grandad Ian Fordyce prepare for the trip to St Louis, Missouri, they have said a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has made the life-changing surgery possible.

In May 2011 Lisa, of Grendon Avenue, Corby, launched Lexie’s Leggy Appeal to raise £40,000 for her daughter, who has cerebral palsy, to have surgery at St Louis’ Children’s Hospital.

Corby took the youngster, now a pupil at Oakley Vale Primary School, to its heart and supported dozens of fundraising events.

Lisa, 34, said: “I will never forget the people, most of whom I will never meet, for their kindness and generosity.

“Without them this wouldn’t be possible.

“Now it’s the start of a big journey for Lexie.”

In the hospital Lexie will undergo two surgical procedures.

This will be followed by intensive physiotherapy.

The youngster’s grandad Ian said: “The doctors have said that, at the very least, they expect her to be able to walk with sticks.

“We are so grateful to everyone who helped make this all possible.”

The family will be travelling to America soon.

Lisa, who also has a 14-year-old daughter Kelsey, has just won the title Mum in a Million at Corby’s Asda store.

She received a bouquet of flowers, chocolates and a £150 gift card.

Lisa said: “Lexie goes through so much and it hurts me to see her struggle but she never stops smiling.

“She’s my inspiration and as soon as I found out about the surgery I have dedicated every minute to making sure she had the opportunity to undergo the treatment.

“I’m blessed to have two amazing daughters.”