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Family to raise £35k for boy's op

Tuesday 2nd October 2012

Family and friends of a nine-year-old boy are hoping to raise £35,000 for him to have a life-changing operation which will help him walk unaided.

James Dwight has spastic diplegic cerebral palsy which means the muscles in his legs are tight, leaving him in pain. He can only stand with the aid of a walker and often has to use a wheelchair.

But now he could undergo selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR), which would help to reduce the tightness in his legs and allow him to walk unaided.

His family are being supported by the charity Caudwell Children as they attempt to raise the funds.

Jamie's dad Jai Dwight said: "James is just like his peers in so many ways, with all the usual interests. He dreams of being an actor, loves computer games and enjoys school and playing with his friends. The only way in which he is different is that he is unable to walk independently and as a parent I would do anything to change this for him, which is why when I heard about the SDR procedure I was over the moon to know that there was a procedure available that could change James's life in such a major way."

The operation at Bristol's Frenchay Hospital will be followed by intensive physiotherapy and exercise which will give James the chance to take his first independent steps.

Jai said: "£35,000 is a lot of money to raise which is why I am so pleased to have Caudwell Children on board to support me with my fundraising. I have lots of fundraising ideas and knowing how excited James is at the prospect of walking is enough to spur me on with my fundraising efforts."

Caudwell Children hopes to support the family by helping with marketing events and using its contacts to approach local foundations.

Trudi Beswick, chief executive officer at Caudwell Children, said: "We really believe in the difference SDR treatment can make to a child's life and want to help in any way we can to get James and other children and young people with cerebral palsy the treatment they need to give them the independence they deserve."

To back James Wish To Walk Appeal call Caudwell Children on 01782 600867 or donate online at http://www.justgiving.com/jamesdwightswishtowalk.

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