A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD girl diagnosed with a near-fatal brain condition has had her Christmas wish come true — she rode a ‘unicorn’.
Poorly Freya Dawson (above) had little festive cheer a year ago when she spent weeks in pain following surgery to remove fluid from her brain.
She was also struggling with juvenile arthritis which is likely to see Freya wheelchair-bound by her twenties.
The brave little girl was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, an accumulation of fluid on the brain, and underwent surgery to ease it in September 2018.
The condition, which doctors said could have been fatal, causes Freya to have seizures and headaches that leave her in agony.
Heartbroken mum Amy, 29, who calls her daughter ‘a little warrior’, had to watch on as her usually bubbly child had no energy or enthusiasm for Christmas.
But Freya got to live out her dream last week when a local equestrian centre arranged for her to ride a mythical creature.
She said: ‘I’m so happy I got to meet a unicorn. My biggest wish has come true.’
Horse World Doncaster’s owner Bev Griffiths decorated a white pony and attached a horn to its bridle.
Freya was overjoyed when she saw the animal — and even happier that she could ride it.
Amy said: ‘She squealed with excitement when she got there, she was so happy.
‘All she’s ever wanted is to meet a unicorn, it’s her one wish in life apart from seeing Ariana Grande in concert.
‘She’s been obsessed with them.’
Carer and mum-of-four Amy added: ‘She used to be so happy and smiley all the time. But after having the brain surgery, it was like she had a personality transplant.
‘It was heartbreaking watching her open her presents last Christmas, she is usually so excited.
‘Seeing her face when she met the unicorn was like she used to be all the time.’
David Kessen, from the Doncaster Free Press, said: ‘We heard how Freya had undergone surgery for hydrocephalus.
‘When we heard she loved unicorns, we contacted Bev Griffiths at Horse World and asked if she could arrange for Freya to meet a real “unicorn” at Christmas.’
Bev said: ‘When I was asked if there was anything I could do to bring some happiness to Freya, I jumped at the chance. How could you say no after what she has been through?’