A BLIND tot is closer to having potentially life-changing treatment in Thailand thanks to a major fundraising boost.
Lyle Duckworth’s family say he will definitely be able to have the stem cell injections sooner than they had planned as they have already collected £17,000.
The treatment, which it is hoped will help the 20-month-old to see and assist his movement, costs £25,000 and is not available in the UK.
Lyle, from Whinmoor, Leeds, had to be resuscitated at birth after being delivered 15 weeks premature.
He suffered bleeding to his brain and has been left blind and with cerebral palsy which has affected his movement.
After his fundraising appeal was publicised in the Yorkshire Evening Post, support flooded in and now a charity night at Swarcliffe WMC has collected over £4,100.
His mum Paula McGregor said: “We were really pleased and it was a great night.
“The fundraising is going absolutely brilliantly and we will definitely be able to get there sooner.”
Lyle weighed just 1lb 13ozs at birth and afterwards was on a ventilator for six weeks.
On four separate occasions doctors asked his parents if they wanted turn off the machines keeping him alive as Lyle was so ill, which they refused to do.
Now the toddler has defied predictions and can breathe and feed on his own.
But he is registered blind and it is hoped the stem cell injections in Thailand will improve his sight as well as his movement.
Since his story appeared in the YEP, Lyle has been having Bowen Therapy treatments, which stimulates the muscles, from Leeds-based therapist Clare Barker.
Paula said this had led to dramatic improvements including him rolling over for the first time.
“She has been fantastic and the Bowen Therapy has really helped,” his mum added.
Visit www.justgiving.com/paula-mcgregor1 or text 70070 Lyle49 and the amount.