Family’s plea for life-changing op

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A family is trying to raise £35,000 to pay for their son who suffers from cerebral palsy to have a life-changing operation.

Cameron Garner, was born with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, one of the symptoms of which is a painful tightness in his legs that leaves him unable to walk or stand unassisted.

Now the seven-year-old’s parents Claire Garner, 44, and Malcolm Hall, 43, are trying to raise tens of thousands of pounds for him to undergo surgery which could allow Cameron to walk unassisted for the first time.

Mr Hall said: “For Cameron to be able to walk unaided would be a dream come true for all of us. As parents you always want what is best for your child, the feeling of being unable to help when your child is in pain is unbearable.”

Cameron’s family, of Anchorage Lane, Sprotbrough, has teamed up with national charity Caudwell Children to raise money by October 31 so the Richmond Primary School pupil can undergo the operation called a selective dorsal rhizotom. The procedure will see nerves in his spine cut.

“Knowing that there is an operation out there that could change Cameron’s life is a ray of hope,” said Mr Hall.

“We know we don’t have much time to raise a large amount of money but we would be devastated if we missed the operation date as we have come so far on this journey and without this treatment Cameron could end up a full time wheelchair user for the rest of his life.

“I’ve seen from videos of children who have had the operation who and now able to do things like running and horse riding like other children. That’s what we want for hope for him.”

Trudi Beswick, chief executive of Caudwell Children said: “We really believe in the difference SDR treatment can make and want to help in any way we can to get Cameron the treatment he needs to give him the independence he deserves.

“Due to the urgency of Cameron’s case we are calling on local businesses, schools, individuals - in fact anybody who can come forward and help the family raise the money they need.”

The family is now planning on organising fundraising activities to help reach the £35,000 which would pay for the surgery and physio.

Anyone interested in supporting the ’Get Cameron Walking’ appeal should contact Caudwell Children on 01782 600867, donate online at www.justgiving.com/getcameronwalking or text CAMG91£(amount) to 70070.