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There are fresh calls tonight for the NHS in Wales to deliver surgery which helps children with cerebral palsy to walk.
A two-year-old girl from Cross Keys near Newport can now travel to America for an operation after her family raised £60,000 - but they are asking why she can't have the so-called SDR surgery here.
The Welsh Government says the Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy operation, which Maisie is due to have in the USA, is "not routinely commissioned by the NHS here because there is a lack of clinical evidence at this time to support the treatment."
It has also recently stopped being commissioned in England.
Maisie's father, Gareth Cooper, says they are really lucky to have been able to raise the money needed for her to have surgery in the USA, "but if you're unable to, you're preventing a child from living a life as normal as they can."
He says the fact the surgery is not available on the NHS here is "a real bitter pill to swallow".
Maisie's mother, Hayley Cooper, says it is "really hard" and "it really upsets you" to see her wonder why she can't run around like her friends.
Maisie Cooper struggles to walk, because of her cerebral palsy.
Her parents noticed something was wrong when she was unable to sit up by the age of one.
A specialist confirmed she had spastic diplegia, which means stiffness in her leg muscles, causing discomfort and pain.
In just six months of fundraising, they have raised more than £60,000 through what her family describe as "overwhelming" support.
Next spring, they plan to take her to America to have an operation known as Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy, which they hope will allow her to live a normal life.
A two-year-old girl from Cross Keys near Newport is set to undergo pioneering surgery in America to help her walk.
Maisie Cooper suffers from spastic diplegic cerebral palsy. Six months ago her parents, Hayley and Gareth, set out to raise the £60,000 needed for an operation to help her walk. Now they're set to take little Maisie to Missouri for the life-changing operation.