TODDLER Georgie Gibbs has met the clinical criteria for a life-changing operation - but there is one final hurdle before she can have the pioneering procedure.

Parents Carl and Clare Gibbs, from St John's, were given the news their daughter, who has spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, had been medically accepted for a selective dorsal rhizotomy yesterday (Thursday) but have been hit by yet another stumbling block.

Bristol Royal Hospital for Children said it was awaiting clarification of funding available from the Department of Health.

It means another tense wait for the family who had hoped the nervous wait was finally over on Thursday after South Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group agreed to fund the pioneering operation last week.

Mrs Gibbs said: "Today [Thursday] was an extremely anxious day for us as a family and the wait continues.

"I feel numb and anxious for the next hurdle.

"Carl is feeling sad because we just don't know the answer yet and we want the best for Georgie and we just need to know her future."

The couple along with friends and family launched the Help Georgie campaign which will help pay for a private operation in America if unsuccessful or for aftercare not covered by the NHS if it goes ahead.

Donations have come flooding in as the city have taken the two-year-old to their hearts with collections organised for the Ketch carboot this Sunday and a tug of war challenge at The Coventry Arms, Upton Snodsbury.

A Christmas shopping and pampering evening will take place at Norton Parish Hall while Mrs Gibbs' workplace Shaw Healthcare is helping design a logo and website for Georgie along with design of leaflets and posters.

Mrs Gibbs works part time as a HR manager while Mr Gibbs is a self-employed builder and they are both trying to juggle work, raising funds, Georgie's appointments and the care of her and eldest sister Ella.

"Ella has just started school and is loving riding to school on her bike with Georgie in the mornings.

"She is very proud of her sister and is very understanding of her disability.

"The kind people of Worcester are even thinking of Ella.

"Yesterday [Wednesday] I received a cheque in the post for Georgie along with a £20 note and a card saying the cheque is for Georgie but we didn't want her sister to be left out so please accept this £20 to buy something for Ella - that was so kind.

"I feel the whole of Worcester and afar is in love with Georgie and really want to help her, its so emotionally brilliant for it to have gone this way.

"It will help her get to the target so much quicker - hopefully."

Supporters have switched their profile pictures to images of the Worcester News front page story and are also trying to organise a trip to Strictly Come Dancing so the toddler can meet her idol Peter Andre.

Anyone wishing to donate can do so via PayPal using the email address, at or at Dominic Tunnell Opticians, Mealcheapen Street.

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