Shot girl ‘can feel legs again’
Wednesday 9th October 2013, 2:51PM BST.
A little girl thought to be left paralysed after being gunned down in a gang-related shooting has regained feeling in both of her legs, a report suggests.
Thusha Kamaleswaran was caught up in crossfire as she played in her uncle’s shop in Stockwell, south London, in March 2011.
Medics feared that the aspiring dancer was permanently paralysed after the incident but ITV’s Tonight programme has reported that the youngster has started to regain feeling in both legs.
In a heart-warming teaser clip of the programme, she is seen smiling as she is praised for progress in her rehabilitation.
As a medic manipulates her foot Thusha, now eight, can tell whether her toes are pointing upwards or downwards without looking.
Thusha was hit in the chest and the bul let passed through the seventh vertebra of her spine.
Chilling CCTV footage showed the girl , then five, skipping and dancing in one of the aisles of the shop when she was shot.
She lay slumped on the floor before terrified relatives grabbed her and rushed her to safety at the back of the shop.
She went into cardiac arrest twice and had to undergo emergency surgery in the shop and in hospital.
Nathaniel Grant, Anthony McCalla and Kazeem Kolawole were given life sentences at the Old Bailey in April for causing Thusha and shopper Roshan Selvakumar grievous bodily harm with intent.
They were members of the Brixton-based OC (Organised Criminals) gang, and were on the hunt for a member of their bitter rivals ABM (All Bout Money) when Grant opened fire into the shop.
:: Courage In The Crossfire will be aired at 7.30pm on Thursday 10 October on ITV.