A MOTHER has launched an urgent campaign in a desperate bid to save her young daughter’s leg.

Kyra Warrell faces a lifetime of disability if £58,000 cannot be raised to pay for specialist treatment abroad in February.

The six-year-old was born with a rare condition which means her left leg is deformed and will not grow properly.

She has to wear a bulky and heavy prosthetic to help her walk which gives her a lot of pain.

Surgery that would lengthen the leg is available but only at a specialist clinic in Israel.

Doctors in the UK have so far offered only to amputate Kyra’s lower leg so she can wear a prosthetic limb more easily.

Her mother Rima, 39, from Westdene, Brighton, is vowing to put everything into the fight.

She said: “We are working longer hours and are putting all our savings into this.

“We’ll max out our credit cards and, if we have to, we’ll sell our house.

“This operation absolutely has to happen. The alternative is a lifetime of disability.”

The plan is for Kyra to fly to Haifa where she will be operated on by a world-renowned orthopaedic surgeon.

It will be the first of a number of surgeries Kyra will need up until the age of 16.

Mrs Warrell, an event manager, said: “We’re hoping that by getting the word out, generous people will donate to Kyra’s fund.

“Our dream is that Kyra can walk with both feet on the floor.

“This dream would be permanently taken away if her leg was amputated. And, as an amputee, Kyra would face a lifetime of physical difficulties.”

Kyra’s condition, called proximal focal femoral deficiency, affects fewer than one in 50,000 children in the world.

However despite her problems she is determined to live life to the full.

The youngster goes to Westdene Primary School, and enjoys spending time with her family, which includes dad Neil, 45, and sister Mia, four.

Mrs Warrell said: “Kyra is bright, joyful and mischievous.

“Like any other little girl her age, she loves playing energetically with her friends.

“Kyra loves ballet, but her prosthetic stops her from really getting involved.

“She has also tried football for junior amputees with Brighton and Hove Albion but she feels slow and her real foot gets in the way if she kicks the ball.

“Kyra can’t wait to take her prosthetic leg off. It’s hot and makes her leg and muscles sore.”

As Kyra gets older, the deformity will become more pronounced, meaning her prosthetic will be more difficult to manage and cause problems with her hips and spine.

To donate, visit chuffed.org/project/step-by-step-with-kyra-the-first-hurdle.