Give Leon Hope
4th November 2011 6:29 am
Student at the University of Salford Danielle Harrison has a 3 1/2 year old son called Leon, who, at the age of 18 months was diagnosed with Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy. Following a routine brain scan, it was established that Leon had a congenital brain condition named Dandy Walker Syndrome.
Leon is now 3 1/2 years old and mobilises using a K-Walker or being carried. On a typical day, Leon will receive hours of physiotherapy which is both equipment and non-equipment based. This will temporarily relieve the spasticity in his legs and strengthen his muscles. Spasticity becomes more noticeable with age and activity and is extremely painful.
There is a life changing surgery in America which could substantiously improve Leon’s life and give him a chance to walk independently.
This procedure however, is rarely carried out on the NHS and as such, around £40,000 needs to be raised which will fund: the journey to Dr. T.S Park and his team, accommodation and flights, the cost of the surgery and additional muscle lengthening surgery Leon requires.
For more information, you can watch the video here