Over the past year Sam has been working really hard to improve his strength in the hope that he will be a good candidate for a pioneering operation in the U.S.A called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy.
This surgery will relax the muscle tension, and remove the painful spasms in his legs and generally give him a much better control of himself, after the surgery Sam will have to do intensive physiotherapy and strength building excercises to be able to move his legs and weight bear, the surgeon has predicted many benefits for Samuel after SDR one of them being that he will be able to walk using a frame. This a dream come true for Sam and us as a familly.
The cost of the operation, six week stay and physiotherapy in America will be £40,000. When we come home it is imperative we continue the physio. programme that will be set for Sam. We will need to buy equipment for strength building and pay for a private physiotherapist. This is why we have set our target to £70,000.
Cerebral Palsy has already had an effect on Sams body in the form of muscular pains, bone deformities, major hip surgery at the age of 5 and an increasing reduction of movement in his legs. Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy will remove the spasticity that causes all of these problems, it is not a cure for Cerebral Palsy and by no means can you have the op. and then start walking, SDR is the start and then the strength building and physio will have to continue for the rest of Samuel's life.
The surgeon has recomended we have the surgery as soon as possible because of the harm the abnormal muscle tone is having on Samuel and the younger the patient the more effectively the brain can learn to control new muscle movement. We are hoping to raise £40,000 by June this Year.
This amazing opportunity we have to give Samuel a brighter future is something we did not think would be possible and again we are asking for your help.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and thank you so much for donating we really do appreciate every penny.