BATTLING youngster Talia Foster has sat up unaided for the very first time – to the absolute delight of her parents.
The three-year-old who suffers from a daily ordeal of seizures and requires up to eight different types of medication every day has just returned from a week-long physiotherapy session at a specialist centre in Milton Keynes.
Specialists told Talia’s mum and dad, Clair, 37, and Brendan, 36, that they are extremely pleased with the youngster’s development and that she is showing real potential.
She took part in two one-hour sessions every day for a week and for the very first time was able to sit unaided.
“I am absolutely over the moon,” said Clair, who is also a mum of Callum, 16, and Gabrielle, eight.
“I know it sounds like little steps, but for me it’s like climbing a mountain and I’m absolutely delighted.”
Talia’s treatment in Milton Keynes was at a specialist centre for youngsters suffering with cerebral palsy.
Clair was so pleased with how the week went she booked another spot for Talia later this year.
Clair added: “She managed to sit unaided and her head control was fantastic as well.
“She even put her hands out to stop herself falling when she lost her balance, she has never been able to do anything like this before.”
Clair said Talia has come on in leaps and bounds over the course of the last year and pointed to weekly session at the Step Together physiotherapy centre, in Darlington, for helping her progression.
She also thanked the thousands of people in Hartlepool who have helped to raise an incredible £35,000 in support of Talia since the Mail very first told the youngster’s story.
“We are so grateful for the support,” added Clair.
“I feel like everyone who has supported Talia has helped her, they are the reason she was able to sit up and she is getting stronger.
“When she sat up for the very first time I knew how many people would be just as pleased as I was.”