Please help Just4Children so that Alex can live and walk pain free.
Hi, my name is Alex from Chelmsford and this is my story. When I was born I couldn’t breath. It took the nurses 7 minutes to revive me and now I have Cerebral Palsy (brain damage). I’ve managed to learn to walk in my own special way but I fall over lots and usually hurt myself.
The spasticity in my legs and feet make my muscles and bones hurt all the time. I have to wear AFO splints which I hate because my feet are covered in blisters. These often get so sore that they bleed but I have to wear them to be able to go to nursery or even play in my garden. I can’t walk or stand without them.
The more I grow the worse everything gets. In a year’s time I’m likely to be in a wheelchair everyday for the rest of my life.
I get very upset when I can’t keep up with my friends and my big brother and sister. I just want to be like other children and do things they do.
My Mummy and Daddy didn’t think there was anything that could be done to change my life but the amazing brain doctors at GOSH want me to have a rare and special operation called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy. This will guarantee to stop the pain and I will have a 95% chance that I will be able to walk. That means no wheelchair, no splints, no tears and NO PAIN!
The operation is now available on the NHS and the sooner I get this operation the greater the chance of success. However, not all the physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and equipment I need is covered by the NHS – and is very expensive.
Please can you spare just £1 (or more) and share my story with your friends and family to help my wish come true!