LIFE is looking up for brave Megan Forrest after a major operation to improve her life.
The seven-year-old is getting to grips with leading a normal childhood after undergoing numerous operations.
After having a painful bone graft that left her in traction for 21 days in September, Megan was forced to wear a metal halo to support her head and force her neck to work.
This was the third time Megan had endured the gruelling operation after it failed to work.
But earlier this year, she was told that the operation and halo had been a success and she could get it removed.
Since then, the sprightly youngster, who was born with dwarfism, has been living life to the full.
Mum Louise, 27, said: “Megan is doing really well and is just getting stuck into everything.
“She’s still careful about some stuff because she doesn’t want to hurt her neck or anything else but she’s out playing with her friends, which is lovely to see.”
The Thorney Close Primary School pupil, whose dwarfism affects her spine, joints and growth, was diagnosed with the rare genetic condition after a series of tests when she was 18 months old.
At two, Megan, of Humbledon, had operations to correct the club foot she was born with, before starting surgery to have her ligaments and tendons lengthened.
A year later, she had a bone graft from her skull to strengthen her neck, which was failing to stabilise her head.
Since then, Megan, who is about a foot shorter than her classmates, has endured a further six operations to correct various development faults.
But last year, a CT scan revealed the bone graft had failed to work.
The avid Black Cats fan was referred back to the Freeman where medics carried the third bone graft in September, leaving her unable to move in hospital for 21 days.
Megan has been told she will have to wear the halo again in about two years time.
The youngster’s brave battle has gone without a single complaint.
Her mum was so moved by her daughter’s plight that in November she nominated Megan for the Child of Courage award at the Pride of Wearside Awards.
Judges were so touched by her tale that the youngster walked away with the title, along with two other nominees.