“My walking dream”

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A nine year old boy who dreams of walking with his twin brother has taken his first steps….just a year after a life-changing operation.

Marcus McCarthy, of Kursaal Way, Southend, underwent a major spinal operation – dorsal rhizotomy – in his bid for more movement.

After being diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth, he has grown up using a walking frame. Following 12 months of intensive physiotherapy, Marcus has ditched the frame and gone on a treadmill for the first time.

His proud mum, Scarlett, 30, said: “It has been a long but good year, Marcus has had to work the hardest. He has achieved so much in one year and yet still has a lot of work to do. It has been difficult for him, he has had to cope with his body changing but he is getting more confident.

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“He has achieved walking with tripod crutches for the first time in his life and has also gone on a treadmill for the first time.

“This year has changed Marcus’ life. It’s not been easy and sometimes it has not been fun but to be one year post-operation feels amazing and we are all so proud of both boys.”

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