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Barnoldswick youngster to undergo life-changing surgery
10:00am Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
A two-year-old boy who is unable to walk without help is due to have life-changing surgery.
Oliver Rushton, who suffers from spastic diplegia – a form of cerebral palsy – will have a six-hour operation today.
It comes after his family raised more than £25,000 to fund the operation.
His parents, Helen and Adam, of Carr Road, Barnoldswick, said the operation was “‘just the start of the journey”’ for the brave youngster. Mrs Rushton, a midwife at Burnley General Hospital, said: “Everything’s happened so quickly. It’s exactly a year last weekend since we started the campaign.
“The support from the local area has just been so nice. You hear a lot of bad stories about people but raising this amount of money just goes to show that there are nice people out there.”
Oliver – a pupil at Brook Farm Nursery in Kelbrook – was diagnosed with his condition, which causes constant stiffness and tightness in his legs, last April. He wears splints on his legs to help stretch his muscles and mainly gets around by crawling.
The operation, known as Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy, will take place at Leeds General infirmary and, after four weeks in hospital, Oliver will start 18-month rehabilitation course which could see him learn to walk.
Although the family has now smashed the £25,000 fundraising target, their efforts continue to cover the costs of Oliver’s rehabilitation and physiotherapy.
His dad Adam, a customer services worker, is taking part in the Great North Run on September 15, and donations can be made via firstname.lastname@example.org
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