Twin girls, 11, with cerebral palsy who were born nine weeks premature and couldn’t walk get life-changing surgery… and one can now ‘run faster than the other kids’

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Twin sisters who were diagnosed with cerebral palsy when they were born nine weeks premature can now ‘run as fast as the other kids, probably faster’ thanks to ‘life-changing’ surgery.

Jasmine and Ella Hose, 11, have been unable to put their feet on the ground since birth due to spastic hemiplegia, which affects the muscles on one side of the body.

But surgery at Royal Children’s Hospital means the twins from Ringwood in Melbourne’s east now feel ‘normal’ and has inspired ambitions to compete at the Olympics, Nine News reported.

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Twin sisters Jasmine and Ella Hose (pictured) have been unable to put their feet on the ground since birth because cerebral palsy led to spastic hemiplegia

Twins with cerebral palsy running after ‘life-changing’ surgery

‘You would see other kids just running and having fun at recess or lunch time and I was just kind of sitting there and just kind of watching everyone,’ Ella told Nine News.

‘When I started to walk – I just felt normal.’

Jasmine can now run a couple of kilometres, their father Darren said, and even broke a national record at the School Sport Victorian state para-athletics for the 800 metre race.

‘I can run as fast as the other kids, probably faster,’ Jasmine said. ‘I want to go to the Olympics.’

The twins were diagnosed with cerebral palsy when they were born nine weeks premature

The twins were diagnosed with cerebral palsy when they were born nine weeks premature

Ella and Jasmine underwent limb correcting surgery on the same day at Royal Children's Hospital

Ella and Jasmine underwent limb correcting surgery on the same day at Royal Children’s Hospital

After birth, the twins spent about two months in Neonatal Intensive Care and the Special Care Nursery, according to their mother’s company Facebook page, Mandy Hose She Knows.

The twins spent a combined two months in both Neonatal Intensive Care and the Special Care Nursery.

Throughout their lives, Ella and Jasmine have had Botox injections to relax their legs, had their legs in plaster casts, sat in wheelchairs and undergone physiotherapy.

The twins underwent surgery on the same day in 2011 – with Ella getting a tendon lengthened in her left leg, and Jasmine getting her right leg lengthened.

Mrs Hose said the family would be ‘forever grateful’ to the team at Royal Children’s Hospital for the ‘life-changing’ surgery and ongoing support.

'I can run as fast as the other kids, probably faster,' Jasmine said. 'I want to go to the Olympics' (Ella and Jasmine pictured getting ready to run together)

‘I can run as fast as the other kids, probably faster,’ Jasmine said. ‘I want to go to the Olympics’ (Ella and Jasmine pictured getting ready to run together)

'When I started to walk - I just felt normal,' Ella told Nine News about the success of the surgery

‘When I started to walk – I just felt normal,’ Ella told Nine News about the success of the surgery

Mrs Hose said the family would be 'forever grateful' to the team at Royal Children's Hospital for the 'life-changing' surgery and ongoing support (Mr and Mrs Hose are pictured)

Mrs Hose said the family would be ‘forever grateful’ to the team at Royal Children’s Hospital for the ‘life-changing’ surgery and ongoing support (Mr and Mrs Hose are pictured)

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