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Appeal to find physio for Yateley's Freddie Hunt

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Appeal to find physio for Yateley's Freddie Hunt

Published at 11:21am 28th June 2017. (Updated at 3:12pm 30th June 2017)

The family of Yateley toddler Freddie Hunt need help - finding a physio.

The toddler is back home after an operation to remove most of a brain tumour.

But he cannot walk.

However, after months of uncertainty, there is some light at the end of the tunnel.

Since his return from the US for treatment on a brain tumour in January, the three year old has suffered from water retention and severe weight gain - and worryingly - he is still not walking.

The Hunts were devastated when they were told earlier this year there was a chance he would never walk

But they have had some good news since then.

The family appeared live on the Peter Gordon Breakfast Show this morning.

Mum Abby said they were told recently Freddie - who is not immobile -  CAN learn to walk.

But there is a stumbling block - the Hunts have not yet been able to access physiotherapy treatment through the NHS: "We're still battling to get his physio at the moment.

"Because we went to America and had the treatment, we're kind of a little bit out of the NHS loop because it wasn't done here, so so we're struggling still to get that.

"It's got to be a certain type of physio - it's got to be a neuro physio for children.

"We need to get him up and walking because he has unfortunately doubled his weight since the surgery.

"We're looking for a physio to come to our home and help us, because it is quite a challenge getting him out and about at the moment.

"He's go to the point where he's 33 kilograms - I'm struggling to lift him now, it's tough."

However, Abby said there are upsides since the surgery - he is no longer suffering multiple seizures - and is learning to speak: "He has consistency in his life now. Before, the seizures were every five to ten minutes, there was nothing consistent in his life.

"He'd do things then forget what he was doing, have another seizure and go back to doing it again.

"And his speech is coming along massively, really, reallly well."

Freddie

She said it is still a long road ahead for them: "We are really, really tired, we are struggling, but we are hanging in there.

"We are never going to give up." 

The surgery at an Arizona clinic removed some, but not all of  Freddie's tumour.

The Hunts will return to the clinic next February to continue the treatment.

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