Isla’s dream comes true

Fraserburgh girl Isla McNab.
Fraserburgh girl Isla McNab.

The family of a nine-year-old girl from Fraserburgh have expressed their gratitude for the generosity shown by the local community.

Isla McNab, who suffers from cerebral palsy, will travel to the US state of Missouri on January 6 next year to undergo a life-changing operation to allow her to walk.

But the operation was only made possible by the donations fund-raising of local people from Fraserburgh and the wider Banff and Buchan area.

Speaking to the Fraserburgh Herald, Isla’s mum, Jane, said she believed a total of approximately £80,000 had been raised to date - £50,000 for the operation itself and a further £15,000 for intensive physiotherapy thereafter.

The fund-raising effort - known as Isla’s Dream - began in January.

The operation is expected to last up to five hours and will be carried out in the St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri. Isla will travel to the US with her mum, Jane, and dad, Robert.

The procedure - called a selective dorsal rhizotomy - will involve faulty nerves being removed to allow Isla to walk.

Isla was born ten weeks premature in 2005. When she was four weeks old she developed necrotising enterocolitis and needed an operation to remove part of her bowel.

Jane commented: “We can’t believe that we’ve raised all the money so quickly.

“It’s been humbling how everyone has rallied round us to help us reach our target.

“The operation is going to be life-changing not just for Isla but for all of her family.

“I would like to thank everybody involved in the fund-raising and for their kind donations - 2015 really is going to be a new beginning for Isla and the operation really will be a fantastic start to the year.”