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Shooting victim Thusha Kamaleswaran takes first steps

Report & Video by Ashley Fudge

A girl who was caught in a gangland crossfire two years ago and told she would never walk again has taken her first steps.

Thusha Kamaleswaran was five years old when she was shot in her uncle's shop in Stockwell, south London.

She has spent a year in hospital and undergone numerous operations after her spine was shattered, leaving her battling for life.

Now seven, she has taken her first steps and with two hours of rehab every day is continuing to make good progress.

Thusha has told ITV1's Daybreak team how she still dreams of being a dancer when she is older but now also wants to be a doctor so she can help other children.

Her family helps everyday with an exercise routine designed to stretch and stimulate her muscles.

Thusha said: "I can't wait until I can walk properly on my own again.

"I've already taken some steps on the treadmill in my harness with my physio helping me. I want to dance around and play basketball with my friends," the youngster continued.

Her father, Jeyakumar Ghanasekaram, said: "Thusha never gave up hope of walking again, even when she was in hospital and had to take over a year off school. She's so hard working and never stops smiling."

Three men were found guilty last April of causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Thusha and shopper Roshan Selvakumar, as well as the attempted murder of their intended victim Roshaun Bryan.

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