A Wrexham mum has spoken of her immense pride in the way her daughter is recovering from a below-the-knee amputation.

Dawn Harwood, of Rhosymedre, revealed that her 11-year-old daughter Serenity shed a tear this Christmas as it was the first Christmas she'd had without being in pain.

Mrs Harwood previously told the Leader of the 'unbearable pain' that her daughter had been in due to bilateral CTEV (congenital talipes equinovarus), commonly referred to as 'club foot'.

The condition affected both of her feet and required her to have several surgeries and continuing treatments.

After 11 years of ongoing pain, Serenity decided that she wanted to have a below-the-knee amputation.

The amputation took place in November at Gobowen Orthopaedic Hospital, went extremely well and after six days in hospital, Serenity left with a smile on her face and pain free.

She has already returned to school and is due to collect her prosthetic limb early in February.

Dawn said: "She's coping really well, the consultant is amazed with the progress she is making which is really good.

"She was back at school in Ruabon on Wednesday (January 12), the school have been brilliant through everything, with the way they have set things up to accommodate her back into school.

"Me and her dad are very, very proud of her, she was in hospital for six days and all she had was Calpol and ibuprofen.

"She's coped really well with her crutches and the walking frame and now all she uses are the crutches and the wheel chair.

"She tells me that she doesn't regret it at all, she's constantly got a smile on her face although she did have a little cry over Christmas, as it was the first Christmas she had with no pain."

Dawn has previously spoken about the great pain her daughter has been through in her life and about wanting to raise awareness about the condition, as she herself knew little about it prior to Serenity being born.

But after years of seeing her daughter struggle and battle through the pain, it seems that Serenity is finally pain free.

Mrs Harwood added that her daughter has given her amputation a little nickname, adding: "All her wounds have now healed, the scab has finally come off and Serenity is now calling it Dobby.

"The doctors told her to put a sock over her leg when it gets cold and in Harry Potter, you had to give Dobby a sock to be free, so she's stuck a fluffy sock on it and called it Dobby!"