Her parents have said it's the 'best Christmas present they have ever received'... the moment their three-year-old daughter was able to walk unaided to visit Santa Claus three months after groundbreaking surgery.
Esme Hodge was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and Spastic Diplegia and was unable to walk without a special frame... that's until her family raised £80,000 for life changing surgery in America, an operation which is not performed on children as young as Esme on the NHS.
Despite doctors’ estimations of a 6-12 month recovery period, Esme has defied the odds, walking into Santa’s grotto and declaring: ‘Look Santa, I can walk!’
She now plans to walk into the school classroom in September. But first joined us alongside her proud mum, Angela.