THE emotional journey that has completely transformed the life of a Hampshire schoolgirl has been captured on video.

From painful steps on her tiptoes, to walking proudly in her sequin shoes with her heels down – Megan Vernon’s dream of walking normally has come true.

Now her family are sharing that life-changing journey with the world in the hope that Megan’s story will give hope to other families who have a children suffering from cerebral palsy.

Throughout the past 11 months Megan’s family have kept a video and photo diary of Megan’s progress and have edited it together to produce a short online film to show what a difference the £40,000 operation has made.

It shows footage captured on camera before, during and after the Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy in America, which was made possible thanks to the fundraising efforts of family, friends and Daily Echo readers.

The family from Bishopstoke first appeared in the Echo last July, when they launched Megan’s Quest.

By October they had smashed their target and Megan was soon on a plane to America for the pioneering surgery that would relax her leg muscles, allowing her to walk flat on her heels.

Since then she has made fantastic progress, undergoing intensive physiotherapy to get her where she is today – walking tall and in the shoes of her choice.

Mum Stephanie said: “We have done this video so we can show everyone who helped raise the money to see how they have helped change Megan’s life for the better but also to give other families hope.

“I look at her every day and not one time do I take it for granted that she is walking on her heels.

“I just think it’s a little miracle every time I see it.

“So I want to get the message out there to other parents, who have a child like Megan, that this operation is available and it does work. It is about getting the information out there so parents know they have options.

“Getting Megan this operation was the best thing we could have ever done and it has completely changed our lives.”