A mum’s dream of watching her six-year-old daughter walk for the first time has been shattered by cruel burglars.
Raiders drove off with little Tyla Anguige’s disability car, which contained her wheelchair and made-to-measure walking frame.
Now the youngster, who has severe cerebral palsy, is struggling to get about.
The burgarly has also put at risk the chances of pioneering surgery to help her walk being successful.
Tyla’s devastated mother, Chrissy Jackson, 25, said: “She needs the frame for physiotherapy and we can’t just replace it because it was a one-off specially made-to-measure walking frame for her. Without the physiotherapy the operation isn’t going to work.
“Tyla has spastic diplegia, which means the muscles in her legs are really stiff. She cannot stand up and moves by crawling.
“The wheelchair is invaluable and she uses the walking frame as part of her exercise regime which she has to do every day to build her strength up. She uses it to try to stand up and walk.”
Tyla is to undergo spinal surgery at Leeds General Infirmary next week, aimed at releasing elasticity in her muscles.
Miss Jackson, who lives with her partner Darren Anguige and their children Tyla, and Jensen, four, said: “She will be the first person from Bradford to have this surgery. All children who have had the operation have been walking within a year. But it will be crucial that she has the walking frame for the physiotherapy.”
The raid, at the family’s house in Burnham Avenue, Bierley, Bradford, was discovered by a neighbour at 5.30am on Wednesday.
The living room had been ransacked, with a TV, laptop computer, an iPad and iPods stolen. But the biggest blow was the theft of the family’s white BMW 1 series convertible car from their drive.
Miss Jackson said: “The wheelchair and walking frame were in the boot. They are irreplaceable and this couldn’t have come at a worse time. I’m not bothered about the TV and laptop, they can be replaced. I just want Tyla’s equipment back. If anyone knows where they are I would ask them to search their consciences and think of my little girl.
“They may not have realised what was in the car when they stole it. We are just hoping someone will come forward and we can get them back safely.”
Detective Inspector George Bardell, of Bradford South CID, said: “It is particularly galling that those responsible will have likely known that this was specialised equipment used to assist someone’s mobility.
“It is clearly not easy to replace such items which are heavily relied upon by the user for their daily routine.
“These heartless actions will undoubtedly have caused significant upset and difficulties and it is important we apprehend those behind this.
“I am calling on anyone who might have been offered any of the stolen property to let us know immediately. If you believe you have witnessed this offence, or have any information, get in touch on the non-emergency number 101, or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.”