James's Precious Footsteps

Hello my name is James England and I am 3 years old. I was born ten weeks early and spent the first five weeks of my life in intensive care until I was strong enough to come home. 

At 15 months of age I was diagnosed with Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy. I have spasticity in both my legs and left arm which can be very uncomfortable and restricts my movements. At 3 years of age I am still unable to sit unaided or walk, however I do bunny hop crawl and can nearly catch my big brother Edward.

Despite his disability, James is a very happy and cheeky boy and takes on all the challenges his condition throws at him - with great determination.

We are seeking help towards James’s private therapies, specialist equipment and SDR surgery in the future. This procedure can be carried out in the UK or US, however it’s not always funded by the NHS and the cost including the operation and aftercare can be anything from £30’000 - £100’000. Selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) surgery is a procedure that treats muscle spasticity caused by abnormal communication among the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles which will help James to walk and do things he dreams of doing. 

We are currently in the process of appointments at Alder Hey hospital and awaiting further assessments to see if James is suitable for SDR surgery. However we have been told that because James falls into grade 4 - category of cerebral palsy this means they will not be able to fund the operation on the NHS.  

We can’t thank you enough for your kind support and generosity for making a better life for our little boy James xx

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