Family are so close to helping Theo ‘learn how to walk’

A young boy with cerebral palsy who just wants to “play like a little boy” is more than halfway towards his £50,000 target needed for surgery to help him walk.

Theo Knott, 5, who lives in Deal, was diagnosed with celebral palsy at 3-years-old. The condition affects his legs, arm, balance and vision, and means he can only walk a short distance with a frame.

After being accepted for Selective Dorsal Rhisotomy (SDR) – an operation used to improve spasticity (muscle stiffness) – the St Mary’s Primary School pupil could soon be playing independently with his friends and finally walking on his own.

But because the life changing operation isn’t available on the NHS, his parents are having to fork out £50,000 for the operation and his rehabilitation.

After setting up a fundraising page with Just4Children in December, Theo only needs another £16,500 to go towards his surgery – something his mum Naomi Morton says would be a “miracle”.

“He would love to play football – but kicking a ball is a massive thing with celebral palsy,” explains Ms Morton.

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