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Brave Leeds toddler takes next steps

Three-year-old Jenna Swinhoe with her mum Katy. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Three-year-old Jenna Swinhoe with her mum Katy. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

  • by Juliette Bains
 

BRAVE toddler Jenna Swinhoe will be more pleased than most when she crosses the finish line at a children’s fun run in Leeds.

Medics had feared that the three year old, who has a rare brain malformation, might never walk.

She suffers up to 60 seizures a day and has had a quarter of her brain removed.

But this Sunday, the determined youngster will walk 1.5km to help raise £15,000 for Leeds group Little Hiccups, which has supported her and her mum through tough times.

Jenna, who is registered blind, will line up at Millennium Square for the Arena Group Leeds Mini and Junior Run. The Woodlesford youngster’s mum Katy, 28, said: “You will never find another Jenna.

“She is extremely determined and very strong-willed.

“On paper, they said her condition would mean she wouldn’t walk, sit up or eat for herself. We have put a lot of effort, time and energy into physio and therapy. The walk is to prove that all of our hard work has worked.”

 

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