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Tyler's Wish to Walk.

     More than anything else, Tyler wants to be able to walk.

 Tyler was born prematurely and as a result of this he has four limb cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Tyler is a very happy and brave 11 year old boy. He is one of the most determined boys I have ever known. The predictions for him at diagnosis were that he would never sit or move unaided and he would probably never talk or eat solid food. With pure determination and hard work he proved everyone wrong. He can sit unaided and can transfer independently. He can also self propel his own wheelchair, never stops talking and he loves his food. He attends mainstream school and is doing incredibly well. As a result of his cerebral palsy Tyler is wheelchair dependant. This means he finds it difficult to join in and keep up with his friends and he has difficulty taking part in physical activities. Tyler has had major surgery in the past to keep him as mobile as possible. The surgery gave him the ability to walk very short distances for a short period of time in a walker. Tyler works incredibly hard on his physiotherapy and is determined to do as much as he can for himself.

 There is now a better surgery that could change Tyler's life forever. This surgery is called SDR or Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy. The surgery would eliminate the spasticity (stiffness) in Tyler's legs making it possible for him to walk. It would also make sitting and transfers easier for him, he would be able to move around on the floor better and it would take away the pain and spasms he suffers with in his legs. After Tyler heard about the surgery he waited for his next visit with the physiotherapist and asked her to refer him as it is what he wanted. Sadly the surgery is only available privately and this is why I am asking all the wonderful people in this world to help my son achieve his dream. A dream I know he will never give up on and will work incredibly hard to achieve. We also need to raise funds for much needed equipment and the intense therapy that Tyler will need to get the very best outcome after the surgery. Please help him with his wish to walk. 

 

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