A severely disabled Doncaster youngster will fly out to America this autumn for a pioneering operation to let him walk for the first time.
Generous well-wishers have raised more than £70,000 to send Balby boy William Moreland, aged four, to the USA for the surgery which will help transform his life.
And mum Michelle Gale revealed her joy at finding out he had been accepted for the procedure.
She said: “I am absolutely overwhelmed that so many people have donated and now William can’t wait to fly out there so the doctors can do their magic.
“He is very excited and keeps asking questions, and he is looking forward to being able to walk.”
Brave William, who has fought a string of battles to stay alive, right from his conception, suffers spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy which means he cannot walk or care for himself and has to use a wheelchair.
An operation known as Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy could be his gateway to helping him take his first steps.
Michelle, of Newbolt Road, Balby, said: “It is very exciting but very nervewracking at the same time. No one knows exactly what the outcome of the operation will be and how he is going to be afterwards, so while I am excited to be going to America, there’s also the fear of the unknown.”
Michelle and her two other children Alexandra, 20, and Rebecca, 16, will all fly out to St Louis later this year to support the youngster in his rehabilitation following the op carried by specialist surgeons.
After reaching the target to pay for the surgery, Michelle is now hoping to push the total funds to £100,000 to pay for rehab and specialist equipment afterwards.
She said: “This is just the start of another chapter for my boy.
“I think a lot of people think when he has had the operation, that will be it. But it’s going to be a very long process, getting his legs and muscles prepared. He’s never used them to walk in his life before, so there’s going to be lots of work to get him to that stage.”
A string of events have been staged for the William’s Wish2Walk Appeal - and a mystery benefactor donated £35,000 to the target total after being moved by the youngster’s plight.
Michelle said: “I really can’t thank everyone enough for all they have done. There are so many people and I am grateful for them all.”
More funds are set to be raised with a bike ride between Doncaster and Peterborough on September 27. Visit http://cycle4william.squarespace.com/ for details.
Donations can be made at https://www.justgiving.com/Williams-Wish2Walk