Hi, my name is Gabriel. I’m four and from Ilkley in West Yorkshire. I need your help so that I can have a life-changing operation to help me walk.
I live with my mum, dad and my triplet brothers, Louis and Max. We were born ten weeks early and I had a particularly tough fight which left me with autism and spastic diplegia cerebral palsy.
The cerebral palsy is painful and makes my leg muscles stiff all of the time. I can’t put my feet flat on the ground and can only walk very short distances on my tip-toes. When I’m out, I need to be carried or pushed in a special chair.
The good news is that I have been selected for an operation called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) at Leeds General Infirmary. Surgeons will cut 70% of the nerves in my spinal cord, stopping most of the stiffness in my legs. After lots of physiotherapy, fingers crossed, I will be able to run, jump and play with my brothers.
The NHS performs but doesn’t fund SDR treatment so I need to raise £40,000 to go ahead.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story and for your support. It really means the world to me.