Football-mad Josh

NHS will not pay for ‘life-changing’ £26,500 operation for football-mad Josh Walters.

He plays football, goes to a cub pack and enjoys a busy school life. But Josh, who was born 12 weeks premature, has cerebral palsy and spastic displegia in his lower body.

As a tiny baby, Josh, from Portishead, spent months in hospital battling constant infections.

Although staff at the NICU unit at Bristol Children’s Hospital cared for him around the clock, an infection caught hold which managed to damage a small portion of his brain.

The condition means the muscles in his lower body are tight, limiting his mobility and putting pressure on his hips, knees and ankles.

But now Josh has a chance of living a normal life – thanks to a technique called Selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) surgery.

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