An English girl with cerebral palsy credits a companion dog with helping her to walk again, it is reported by the Daily Mail.

As a baby, Harriet Ringsell was diagnosed with cerebral palsy — a motor impairment caused by brain damage that prevents its many sufferers from walking due to painful muscle spasms.

The now 11-year-old has spent most of her life in a wheelchair until Yeppa, a Hungarian wire-haired Vizsla, came into her life, it is reported.

Ringsell, who calls the dog her best friend, said she walked again with the help of her furry companion, the report said.

"I can get about without my wheelchair now," she told the Daily Mail.

"I can even walk on my own for short distances without my special walking frame," said the resident of Hawridge, a village in Buckinghamshire, England. "It's all thanks to Yeppa."

Ringsell plans to undergo an operation that may completely restore her ability to walk, according to the report.

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