THEY say bravery comes in many forms.
But in this instance, bravery comes in the form of three-year-old Lillia Reading.
Despite her tender age, little Lillia has already undergone 13 operations as she battles with a rare form of muscular dystrophy, known as muscular myopathy.
Doctors initially feared that Lillia, from Hackenthorpe, Sheffield, would never walk, but the determined tot has proved the experts wrong and is now able to get around using splints.
So, for showing remarkable courage and pluckiness little Lillia has been nominated for The Star’s Superkids award in the bravery category.
Her mum, Katie Reading said: “It’s really nice that Lillia has been nominated.
“She is doing really well at the moment and we’ll be going to see Dr Mark Flowers at the Sheffield Children’s Hospital again in a few weeks.
“It’s very hard but the good times override the bad times.”
Lillia’s condition means that instead of having 15 muscles in her leg, she only has two.
When Katie was 20 weeks pregnant she was told her baby was likely to be born in the breach position - and then, when Lillia was born, doctors found she had a club foot.
Lillia’s condition also means that some of her muscles are wasted while others are enlarged, and that can cause problems with joints, restricting their range of movement.
“She has shown so much bravery throughout all of this,” said Katie.
“She’s right hard.”
Is someone you know a Superkid? Nominate them by sending in the form in today’s Star, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and label the subject box STAR Superkids.