A young woman from Northumberland has been able to sit up in a wheelchair for the first time in years after surgery in Spain.

Melanie Hartshorn was only able to lie down flat. The 27-year-old flew to Spain to have an operation which fused the base of her skull to her spine. The operation is also to try and prevent her from suffering fatal brain damage.

"So this happened tonight..... and with no seizures!

Melanie Hartshorn on Facebook

A neurosurgeon in Barcelona agreed to take on Melanie's case at a cost of £80,000 and so her family has been fundraising.