The dream of a Fraserburgh girl was set to come true this week as she travelled to the US for a life-changing operation.
Nine year-old Isla McNab underwent surgery on Tuesday, January 6, at the St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri for an operation which will enable her to walk for the first time.
The operation was made possible by the generosity of the people of Fraserburgh and surrounding communities who supported the Isla’s Dream fund-raising effort.
Launched only last January, the appeal raised more than £80,000 for the selective dorsal rhizotomy and physiotherapy which Isla is now undergoing.
Isla flew out to the US on Monday, January 5, with her parents, Robert and Jane, for the procedure, which involves faulty nerves being removed to allow Isla to walk.
Isla - who has cerebral palsy - was born ten weeks early in 2005.
Four weeks later, she developed necrotising enterocolitis and needed an operation to remove part of her bowel.
Speaking prior to Isla’s life-changing operation, her grandfather, Ronnie, said: “We’re all really looking forward to the operation being a success.
“Dr Park has a 100% success rate and according to reports we have no fear that the operation will be a success.
“They went to London on the 1st and flew to America on the 2nd.
“She goes into hospital on the 5th and the operation is on the 6th.
“Because of the time difference we won’t know how the operation has turned out until Wednesday.
“When I spoke to Isla she wasn’t at all apprehensive, she was looking forward to it.”
Ronnie added: “My late wife, Joan, said to Isla when she was younger, ‘Never mind my quine, one day you will walk’.
“This hasn’t just been Isla’s dream but also Isla’s nanny’s wish.”
Speaking to the Herald towards the end of last year, Isla’s mum, 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,” she added.