Just4Children are raising money to give Arthur the best chance of finding his feet. Arthur requires Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) surgery and targeted physiotherapy.
Arthur is aged 3 from Stansted. Born at 28+1 weeks while attending a wedding in Verona, Italy, Arthur suffered a brain haemorrhage resulting in hydrocephalus following an extremely challenging few days. We were advised to say our goodbyes by his bedside, but Arthur refused to stop fighting. He spent 8 weeks battling to become fit enough to fly back to the UK and continue fighting in Addenbrookes and Harlow NICUs. In total Arthur spent 108 days fighting to get home, recovering from lung, heart and metabolic issues. His first year saw a number of brain surgeries after VP shunt failures and multiple admissions for respiratory illnesses.
After his determined recovery, Arthur has been left with bilateral hearing loss, cerebral palsy and global developmental delay.
In spite of these issues, Arthur is the happiest little boy you’ll come across. He loves to laugh. He loves company and thrives in his nursery surrounded by his friends. Arthur has exceeded his neurosurgery team’s expectations by getting as far as he has, and we’re determined to help him go as far as he can.
Arthur is able to sit unaided but is unable to stand and walk by himself. He uses a walker under close supervision, and is working on mastering his wizzybug and adapted trike. His cerebral palsy presents in stiff limbs on his right side, his foot in a natural tip-toe shape, and limited motor function in his right hand.
Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) is a surgical procedure that aims to reduce spasticity in the lower limbs. Spasticity is the result of an abnormal communication between the brain and the nerves. SDR is effective in treating spasticity by cutting the nerve rootlets in the spinal canal that are sending abnormal signals to the muscles. SDR is not a cure for cerebral palsy but intends to improve quality of life and mobility in children affected by it.