James is a 6 year old boy from Rowley Regis in the West Midlands with cerebral palsy. He needs £50,000 for a life changing operation and aftercare to help him take his first steps unaided.
James was born 11 weeks early weighing 3lb 50z. He spent the first 8 weeks of his life in neonatal unit at Russells Hall Hospital. James had a bleed on the brain due to being born so early. Doctors told us he would be delayed in his development due to this prematurity.
As the first year past in James’s life we noticed he wasn’t meeting his milestones. He was unable to sit up by himself and there were no signs of crawling. At 18 months old James wasn’t showing any signs of standing or crawling. We discussed this with doctors and they arranged an MRI scan. From the results the doctors diagnosed spastic diaplegia cerebral palsy. This means the muscles in his legs are so tight making it hard for him to put his feet flat on the floor to allow him to walk.
The operation available to my son called selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) is currently unavailable on the NHS. This operation will give our son James a better quality of life in the future as SDR is a neurosurgical procedure to reduce spasticity (tight and stiff muscle tone) in his lower limbs. This will give him improved function and mobility thus increasing his independence.