THREE years ago a youngster’s world was turned upside down when she was left bed-bound having been struck by a rare and crippling condition.
But this week, brave Amy Kennedy is getting ready to return to school - something she never thought would happen - following revolutionary treatment in America.
Courageous Amy was left unable to walk when Complex Regional Pain Syndrome took over her body causing her to experience 24-hour pain, hypersensitivity and spasms.
The Free Press reported on the 15-year-old’s family’s desperate plea to raise £50,000 for the unique treatment in Texas.
Following our article, generous folk rallied around through various community fundraising events to come to the youngster’s aid.
That money paid for three weeks of treatment that involved a machine which put electrical pulses into her body.
Renovations have also been made to her family home in Adlard Road, Wheatley Hills, and Amy is now able to come and go as she pleases like any other teenager - a wish she had agonised over for several years.
Monday will also mark another huge milestone for Amy who will be starting at the Link School at Tickhill Road Hospital, because it is nearly four years since she was in full-time education at Danum Academy.
A delighted Amy, who uses a wheelchair to get around, said: “There are only a few of us in the school, but I’m really looking forward to going.
“My life has changed massively for the better in just the last few weeks.
“I’ve not been to a school since January 2009.
“There was a time when I thought I would never be able to go to a school again.”
Amy will take the state-of-the-art ‘vector’ machine she uses in her treatment to use for 40 minute sessions twice a day.
Her grandmother, Anne Matters-Angel, said: “I can’t believe the situation we’re in compared to this time 12 months ago.
“Then it was all doom and gloom. Now it is all about where Amy is going.”
The condition, which left her in constant pain and having to take strong painkillers, affects 11,500 people in the UK.