Inspirational 8-year-old girl teaches us about bravery
MONTANA Beveridge is one of the bravest eight-year-olds in Toowoomba
She was delivered eight weeks premature after her mother Fiona discovered she had a medical issue.
A scan showed she had a black spot on her brain and doctors informed the family she could have cerebral palsy.
She seemed like an ordinary baby and was feeding well.
But when her parents noticed she wasn't meeting her development milestones, their fears were confirmed and she was diagnosed with the disorder.
Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term for disorders that affect a person's ability to move.
Montana is affected from her hips down but she has good upper body control and can feed and talk as normal.
She has proved predictions from doctors wrong and is able to move with a walker.
At age seven she underwent the most painful surgery of her life and had her hips fixed.
"The pain she endured was more that I could bear, let alone my little girl, but she did and did it amazingly. She truly is my hero," mother Fiona said.
The Highfields State School student bravely faces life regardless of her medical issues.
"She hates cerebral palsy and sometimes breaks down, but she always picks herself up again," Ms Beveridge said.
"I'm so proud of my little girl. She is truly an inspiration to me. She keeps me strong and full of amazement."
The family is finishing renovations to their old Queenslander which will allow Montana to get in and out of the shower.
But they need to change the house to allow Montana to move about the house freely with her walker.
That means re-stumping the home and fixing the roof.
"Most of the times she is crawling rather than walking because of the house," Ms Beveridge said.
"We're trying to do things to make it more user friendly."
To offer Montana support and words of encouragement visit www.gofundme.com/montanasbathroom.