A Campaign to help a young boy called Zakk who has cerebral palsy, reach his full potential in life.
Born on New Year’s Day, 2010 in Berkshire, Zakk was 8 weeks early and weighing 3lb 10oz. He was small but perfectly formed. However, on day 2 Zakk suffered from seizures and at day 21 he was diagnosed with severe brain damage.
At 6 months old Zakk was diagnosed with severe quad spastic cerebral palsy. His parents were told he wouldn’t walk, talk and may not be able to see either. Zakk also lost his ability to safely swallow at a year old and subsequently had a feeding tube placed.
Moving on from then, Zakk has developed into a beautiful young man. He can talk and see!
And, after his parents found out about a surgery called SDR, which could help him walk, £60,000 was raised to take him to St Louis children’s hospital to have the surgery in 2014.
I am pleased to say the operation was a huge success and he has started to take his first steps using a walking frame.
His living costs though remain incredibly high. The surgery he had requires him to have on going intensive physiotherapy and personal training. He has physiotherapy 2 times a week, personal training once a week and horse rides every Friday to strengthen his core. On top of this Zakk has an ongoing need for specialist equipment, that due to funding cuts aren’t available to us from the local authorities; seating equipment, ceiling hoist, specialist wheelchairs and orthotic splints. Zakk also needs the garden adapted to make it more accessible for his needs.
Thank you for your support