Major surgery done in record time

Melanie Bramley and her son Kaden. Picture: Malcolm Billingham S0234MB
Melanie Bramley and her son Kaden. Picture: Malcolm Billingham S0234MB

BRAVE Kaden Bramley made it through a major operation last week - and helped to break a hospital record!

Ten-year old Kaden’s operation, to have steel rods inserted to support his spine at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, was achieved in the shortest time to date.

His family were warned the surgery could take up to eight hours, but Kaden was in and out of theatre in just four hours and 20 minutes, as there were no complications.

It was second time lucky for the youngster as his first planned operation was cancelled last minute, and he waited several more weeks for a replacement date.

Kaden, of Crofton Drive, faces problems with muscle degeneration as a result of his spinal muscular atrophy. He needs steel rods in his back to help support his body and ease pressure on his lungs.

Already wheelchair bound, the Highgate Junior School pupil will need to recuperate slowly.

“It’s a huge relief that it’s over with,” said Kaden’s mum, Melanie, 29. She and Kaden’s grandad Neil Bramley took turns to sleep at hospital following the op last Thursday, and by Monday her son was feeling much better and experiencing less pain, she said.

Melanie and Kaden’s four brothers look forward to getting him home - hopefully by the end of this week - and spoiling him, she added.

Before his condition worsened, Kaden attended football sessions at Barnsley where he formed a special bond with coach Natalie Allen from Thurnscoe.

Natalie will cycle 227 miles from Southport to Hornsea between August 20 and 23 with special needs teacher Neil Richardson, to raise cash towards a specially adapted wheelchair for Kaden.

It is hoped the youngster may be able to accompany the pair on a short local stretch of the ride,

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