The parents of a nine-month-old girl who has spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) have raised €1.9m ($2m; £1.7m) to cover the cost of her life-saving treatment.

Pia, who lives in the Belgian city of Antwerp, requires the drug Zolgensma, which has not been approved for use in Europe but is available in the US.

The sum needed to fund a single course of treatment was reached on Wednesday after more than 900,000 text donations.

“I can fly instead of crawl,” a message on the TeamPia fundraising page said.

The money was raised through a text messaging donation service – €2 for each text received – launched just days ago and through contributions to a campaign posted to the crowdfunding site GoFundMe.

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