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Pendle boy's five hour operation might help him to walk unaided
AN OPERATION that could help a two-year-old boy walk unaided for the first time has been hailed a success.
Oliver Rushton, who suffers from spastic diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy, has undergone surgery at Leeds General Hospital.
His parents, Helen and Adam, of Carr Road, Barnoldswick, spent a year raising more than £25,000 to fund the operation, which took place last Thursday, after being told that the NHS would not provide it.
Adam said: “He was in theatre for around four-and-a-half to five hours, and the operation went as well as could be hoped for.
“He was in the high dependency ward after the operation, but left the ward on Sunday and doctors say he is making really good progress. He has dealt with it a lot better than we expected.
“We thought he would be climbing the walls but he has taken it all in his stride.”
Oliver, a pupil at Brook Farm Nursery, in Kelbrook, was diagnosed with his condition, which causes constant stiffness and tightness in his legs, last April.
He wears splints on his legs to help stretch his muscles, and mainly gets around by crawling.
For the next four weeks he will be in hospital from Monday to Friday, while spending his weekends at home.
Adam said: “He will have physio twice a day from Monday to Friday while in hospital.
“It is still early days, but there is already a noticeable difference in his legs.
“They are not as stiff as they were.
“They are looser and floppier now than they were.
“We just have to see how the physiotherapy goes for now.”
After the four weeks of physiotherapy are up Oliver will start an 18-month rehabilitation course, which could see him learn to walk.
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