Operation at Leeds hospital to help boy walk is hailed a success

Picture by Allan McKenzie/AMGP.co.uk - Cameron Harper - Castleford, England - 140414 - Cameron Harper.
Picture by Allan McKenzie/AMGP.co.uk - Cameron Harper - Castleford, England - 140414 - Cameron Harper.
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A SEVEN-year-old cerebral palsy sufferer has undergone an operation at Leeds General Infirmary to help him walk for the first time.

Cameron Harper of Castleford underwent Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy surgery last Thursday.

His father Paul, said: “Cameron is doing really well. He is just over the moon but he isn’t half as chuffed what me and his mum are.

“The change already has been unbelievable. His feet are flat to the floor and the physiotherapists have had him up and out of bed touching his feet.”

The surgery - which involves cutting nerves in the spine which cause muscle stiffness - took five hours to complete.

Mr Harper said: “I was nearly crying to be honest when he came out of theatre because I thought of what everyone has been through to get us to that stage.

“It’s a lot for us to take in and it’s been a bit of a whirlwind especially when your little boy is in theatre but it’s amazing to see how he’s changed.”

Cameron’s mother Nicola said: “Cameron is loads better. It all just seems a blur to be honest because we just kept thinking if we’d made the right decision.

“But when we saw his face for the first time it made it all worthwhile.”

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