Family’s hope over op at Leeds hospital to help boy walk

Cameron Harper
Cameron Harper
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CEREBRAL palsy sufferer Cameron Harper from Castleford could be just weeks away from undergoing an operation to help him walk for the first time.

The family of the seven-year-old Cameron was told in July told he will have specialist Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy surgery (SDR) at Leeds General Infirmary

Now his father Paul Harper says the family is hoping the operation will go ahead in December or January.

Mr Harper, 34, said: “When he has the operation it really will change his life so the sooner he can have it, the better.

“He deserves this operation so much. He has everything going for him except being able to walk, so this will just make his life complete.”

The family was devastated when they were told last April that the £26,000 operation was no longer routinely available on the NHS.

They launched a fundraising drive and raised £14,000 towards the £50,00 they would have needed to cover the cost of private surgery in the US, plus rehabilitation costs.

Then in July the family heard the operation could go ahead in the UK after all.

Some of the money the family raised has been used to buy Cameron a specially adapted wheelchair.

Mr Harper added: “The new wheelchair is better suited to Cameron’s condition and the difference that has made has been amazing.

“He is a totally different kid with it so we can only imagine what it will be like for him after the operation.

“We’ve been fighting for Cameron for five years so it’s going to mean so much when he finally gets the operation.”

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