RECOVERING: Thusha Kamaleswaran
WHEN A five-year-old girl was shot in a crossfire of bullets in a shop in Stockwell, south London, she was told by doctors that she would never be able to walk again.
Nevertheless, Thusha Kamaleswaran has taken her first steps since the incident that shattered her spine in March 2011.
Nathaniel Grant, Kazeem Kolawole, Anthony McCalla were jailed for a minimum of 17, 14 and 14 years respectively after they were found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and attempted murder of rival gang member Roshaun Bryan.
The trio had hunted down Bryan to a newsagents in Stockwell where Grant opened fire, shooting Thusha in the chest and shopper Roshan Selvakumar in the face.
However, after several operations, Thusha – now aged seven – has taken her first steps since the diagnosis and still has dreams of becoming a dancer.
Appearing on ITV programme Daybreak, Thusha, who undergoes two hours of rehab on a daily basis, said: “I want to play with my friend and travel the world. I can’t wait until I can walk properly on my own again.
“I’ve already taken some steps on the treadmill in my harness with my physio helping me. I want to dance around and play basketball with my friends.”
Her father Jeyakumar Ghanasekaram added: “Thusha never gave up hope of walking again, even when she was in hospital and had to take over a year off school. She’s so hard working and never stops smiling.
“She just wants to play with her friends like other children. She does her physio exercises every day with that dream in mind.”