The help Ben appeal



From 1st November 2015 until further notice

We reached our initial target of £30,000 in September 2014 which enabled us to take Ben to the US for specialist surgery on his legs.

Here is his story. . . . . . . . . .

Despite many years of tests and appointments with some of the UKs top specialists, no one can decide upon a diagnosis for his problems.

He has a brain injury which has resulted in severe development delays. This means that he is unable to stand or walk, has poor communication skills and he relies on adults for all his care needs.

As a result of not being independantly mobile, his legs were suffering with serious muscle contractures which could also lead to hip problems in the future. This reduced his abilities even more.

This could only be reduced by surgery.

There are some surgeons in the US that are using 'key-hole' surgery on disabled kids like Ben. This means that instead of 6-8 weeks in plaster following conventional surgery, kids only have small scars and can recover within days instead of weeks.

The surgery is called PERCS and we took Ben to St Louis Children's Hospital in Missouri USA.

This surgery has been a great success, but is only the first stage of getting Ben upon his feet.

The next step is to build Ben's strength so that he will be able to have a second surgical procedure called SDR. This will ensure that his leg muscles are receiving the best quality signals from his brain and give him a better chance of walking in the future.

So please continue to help us give Ben this great chance to improve his life

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Should we exceed the target ammount (or if we do not raise enough funds, or they cannot be used for any other reason) the funds raised will go to the general funds of Tree of Hope to assist other sick children.

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