A youngster has enjoyed a memorable Christmas after undergoing life changing surgery to help him walk for the first time.
Cameron Garner was born with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, one of the symptoms of which is a painful tightness in his legs that left him unable to walk or stand unassisted.
After people across the borough dug deep, and helped raise the £35,000 the family needed to pay for an operation on Cameron’s spine, that should lead to him walking unaided for the first time, the eight year-old is now making ‘great’ progress.
Dad Malcolm Hall, 43, says the hope Cameron’s operation has given his family is incredible, and they’re hoping for the best festive season ever.
He said: “This time last year we knew about the procedure, and what having it could mean for Cameron but didn’t know what we could do to make it happen. We were feeling quite down about it”
“We thought about maybe taking him to have it in America, but we really wanted him to have it here.”
Malcolm added: “Cameron’s now able to stretch his legs out now. He can wear something on his feet for the first time in his life, so we’ve brought him slippers. He’s getting closer to being able to walk by himself all the time.” “It’s been a fantastic year, and things have changed dramatically. I’m hoping things will just get better from here.”
Cameron, of Anchorage Crescent in Sprotbrough underwent surgery in Leeds in October after a mystery benefactor donated the £11,000 the family still needed to raise.
The Garners had faced having to remortgage the family home to raise the cash.
Cameron is making steady progress towards being able to take his first unassisted steps, and has sees a physiotherapist once a week, as well as doing daily exercises at home with parents Malcolm and Claire Garner, 44.
“I want to thank everyone who helped raise the money for Cameron’s operation. I can’t wait until I can show everyone a picture of him standing up by himself,” said Malcolm.
The brave youngster, who attends Richmond Primary School, took part in the school’s nativity play in his wheelchair, and Malcolm says his one wish for next year is to see Cameron walk on stage at next year’s nativity play with his classmates.