My boy walking tall is the ‘best gift’

BRAVE BATTLE: Cameron Harper, eight.
BRAVE BATTLE: Cameron Harper, eight.
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OVERJOYED mum Nicola Harper says seeing her eight-year-old son Cameron walk for the first time is the best Christmas present her family has ever had.

Cameron, who has cerebral palsy, underwent Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) surgery at Leeds General Infirmary in January.

The surgery meant Cameron, from Castleford, could walk for the first time with the aid of special crutches.

He has since travelled with his family to a specialist hospital in St Louis, Illinois,in America for further surgery on his legs as he continues to progress.

His mother Nicola said Cameron can now get around the house using two walking sticks.

She said: “ I never thought I would see the day. He is wobbly, but he is getting there. It’s like a miracle. It’s the best Christmas present our family has ever had.

“He will be able to move around the house now to get his own presents and play with his toys rather than everything being taken to him. His confidence has really grown.

“We are just so excited for his future now it is looking so much better. He can stand up and cuddle his twin sister Kacey face to face. It is ace, she loves it.

“He just needs a lot of strengthening now to build his muscles up. He is having physiotherapy every day and sometimes twice a day. “

Cameron, a pupil at Smawthorne Henry Moore Primary School in castleford, was one of the first to have the Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) surgery at Leeds General Infirmary. The complex surgery took around five hours to complete.