Rare condition has left Kippax boy unable to walk or speak

Josh Glossop with his father James
Josh Glossop with his father James
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The family of a four-year-old Leeds boy with a rare condition that means he is unable to walk or speak is raising money for research into possible treatments.

Josh Glossop, of Kippax, has MecP2 Duplication Syndrome, which means he has too much of a certain gene in his body.

Four-year-old Josh, who is a pupil at Kippax Ash Tree Primary School is unable to crawl, walk or speak.

His father James Glossop, 31, and mum Samantha Jones, 31, have launched a campaign to raise money to help with research being carried out in the United States in the hope of finding treatment for the condition.

Mr Glossop said: “Josh is four now but his mental age is just one. He is still not able to have a conversation. He can’t say any words.”

”Mr Glossop has already done a number of charity runs to raise cash and fellow runner Carol Smith, who he met at last year’s York Marathon, has pledged to tackle six more runs for the fund this year. He added: “I only started running because of Josh and I think I just caught the bug - I ended up running a marathon by the end of year. Having only met Carol last year it’s amazing how much support she has given us and I can’t thank her enough.”

To sponsor Carol, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/giving/ and search for ‘Carol Smith’ - the page is called ‘A Year for Joshua’.