the mum of a blind toddler says she will get the “best Christmas present ever” as he undergoes potentially life-changing treatment.
Lyle Duckworth and his family are soon to jet off to Thailand for pioneering stem cell treatment.
The trip and treatment has been funded by a massive campaign, publicised in the Yorkshire Evening Post, which raised £38,000.
Lyle, from Whinmoor, Leeds, was born 15 weeks prematurely and is registered blind, as well as having cerebral palsy, which badly affects his movement.
The two-year-old’s mum Paula McGregor said: “We just want to thank people who contributed for the best Christmas present ever.
“It would be amazing if his sight improved. We just want him to be more independent, for him to sit unaided and for him to be eventually able to walk. He can’t balance at the moment and we think it’s because of his sight.”
Lyle weighed just 1lb 13ozs at birth and had to be resuscitated, suffering bleeding on the brain.
Doctors in Leeds can’t offer him any more treatment for his sight, so his parents researched what other options might be available and found stem cell treatment in Thailand could help.
Now he, his parents and three siblings are set for the 28-day trip which will involve intravenous stem cell treatments, physiotherapy and hydrotherapy.
On his return he will continue with intensive physiotherapy, funded by the money raised.
“We are hoping it will really boost him,” his mum added.
“We thought the fundraising would take forever but it was just a few months. We wouldn’t be going if it wasn’t for the generosity of everybody.”