‘Help our boy to walk alone’

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A Doncaster couple face a race against time so their son can have a life-changing operation to help him walk.

Seven-year-old Cameron Garner, of Anchorage Lane, Sprotbrough, was born with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy – one of the symptoms of which is a painful tightness in his legs which leaves him unable to walk.

He has to rely on a walking frame or wheelchair.

National charity Caudwell Children is now working with his family who have just two months to raise £35,000 needed for a life-changing operation at Leeds General Infirmary.

Parents Malcolm Hall and Clare Garner want him to have a selective dorsal rhizotomy, which involves cutting some of the nerves in his spine.

He can have the operation at Leeds General Infirmary on Thursday, October 31 – but the family needs to raise money for the surgery and physiotherapy afterwards.

Malcolm said: “For Cameron to be able to walk unaided would be a dream come true for all of us.

“As parents you always want what is best for your child, the feeling of being unable to help when your child is in pain is unbearable, so we were over the moon when we found out about SDR.

“Knowing there is an operation out there that could change Cameron’s life is a ray of hope.

“We know we don’t have much time to raise a large amount of money, but we would be devastated if we missed the operation date as we have come so far on this journey.

“Without this treatment Cameron could end up a full-time wheelchair user for the rest of his life.“

n To help the family, call 01782 600867 or donate at Just Giving, Get Cameron Walking