A Doncaster family are raising money for specialised equipment to help an incredible boy become more independent

A five year old boy from Doncaster needs special equipment and treatment that would enable him to grow his muscle strength and become more independent.

By Laura Andrew
Wednesday, 23rd June 2021, 10:25 am

Eli Smith is a happy and social boy according to his mother Michala Smith.

She is on a mission to help her son who has a rare chromosome disorder called Trisomy 9p.

Michala who lives in Walkeringham said: “We need to raise money for extra therapies for Eli that we can’t get on the NHS.

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Eli Smith, aged five.

“Hydrotherapy is the main one but it is quite expensive.”

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The condition means Eli struggles to walk as his ankles often collapse inwards but he loves being outdoors with his siblings.

“We want to get him a specially adapted trike that would help him build up his strength,” she continued.

“He can’t use a normal bike because he struggles with his balance and can’t use the pedals.

“The trike would mean he could be included in activities outside with more independence.”

Eli’s parents want him to be able to learn to ride a bike like any other boy his age.

At just five years old he has already had to endure many treatments for his condition.

Most have been self funded by his parents but the cost of the special treatments has meant they now need to seek help.

Michala would like to ask anyone who is willing to help not only to donate but to also start their own fundraising activities for Eli such as sponsored runs or bike rides.

Eli’s fundraising page is here.

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