Isla set to fly home after operation

Isla McNab is travelling to the US for a life-changing operation.
Isla McNab is travelling to the US for a life-changing operation.

Fraserburgh girl Isla McNab is set to fly home this weekend following a life-changing operation in the US.

Isla is expected to return home from the US state of Missouri with her parents, Robert and Jane, this Sunday.

Isla and her family travelled to the US earlier this month for the operation - a selective dorsal rhizotomy - following a massive fund-raising effort by Isla’s family and the community of Fraserburgh.

Since her operation, Isla has undertaken an intensive programme of physiotherapy which she is due to continue upon her return home.

Doctors have told Isla’s family that it could take around two years for the ten-year-old to walk independently.

Commenting, Isla’s grandfather, Ronnie McNab, said: “She’s really coming on fine with the physio and she’s due to fly home on Sunday.

“She’s been in a bit of pain with the physio but I think that’s because she’s using muscles she hasn’t before. It might take some time before she can walk independently.

“She’ll continue the physio when she comes home.

“My son and daughter-in-law have said that the staff at the St Louis Hospital have been fantastic in every way. They couldn’t have asked for better.”