Christmas party for locked in syndrome Mia Austin

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All her neighbours, friends and family attended the Christmas party

The family of a Wirral woman who suffers from a rare form of paralysis has thanked the community for creating a fairytale Christmas in their street.

Mia Austin, 22, who has locked-in syndrome, came home from hospital last week to find her road covered in fresh snow, a reindeer, elves and a choir singing round a 25ft Christmas tree.

She has been unable to speak or move since suffering a stroke 13 months ago.

Her neighbours spent hours preparing Seabank Road, Heswall, for her arrival.

She was met by carol singers, a screening of Raymond Briggs' The Snowman, a feast of Christmas food and a spectacular display of fireworks.

Her parents, Carol and Rick Austin, said: "We have had a trying year as a family but the love and kindness we've received from our neighbours in Seabank Road and the wider community has been a great help.

"Words can't express how grateful we are to all of them, so this perfect Christmas is a wonderful way for us to say thank you to them - we hope they've enjoyed it as much as we have."

Her family were hoping she would be at home throughout the festive period but it depends on how well she is.

Ms Austin has been receiving treatment at the Wirral Neurological Rehabilitation Unit in Clatterbridge.

Her family entered a Sainsbury's competition called a Perfect Christmas. They beat 45,000 entrants across the country to win the prize - in which the supermarket paid for the entire street party.