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Cranleigh six-year-old’s fundraiser to help him walk unaided

Cranleigh six-year-old’s fundraiser to help him walk unaided

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 6:01am 20th July 2019.

A family from Cranleigh are trying to raise £30,000 so their six-year-old can walk unaided.

The youngest of four children, Ryan Wilson suffers from cerebral palsy which affects the movement of both his legs and his left arm.

Next year Ryan, who dreams of one day becoming a spy, is due to undergo an operation at Great Ormond Street Hospital called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy.

The procedure involves nerves in his spine and could stop him experiencing muscle spasms and improve his mobility.

However, it will only be successful if he undergoes extensive physiotherapy – most of which is not available on the NHS.

Ryan’s mum, Belinda Orchard, is desperate for it to work:

“He was diagnosed at around about 18 months, up until that point we didn’t know anything was wrong, there was no signs and that’s when our life had a massive turn.

“He’s in so much pain on a daily basis, it’s not fair and it’s heart-breaking as a mother to watch him go through this every single day and not be able to do anything about it.

“Then to be given this opportunity that there is surgery that’s going to improve his life so much, but yet there’s a clause.

“The surgery is only part of it - the rehab is the main part of it, so if he can’t have the rehab he can’t have the surgery and that’s the end of it.

“We’ve been given a lifeline on one hand but then it can be taken away with another.”

She added they’re in a race against time to raise the money:

“The surgery that he’s having is more successful up until the age of seven, Ryan’s seven in September.

“So next year he’s going towards his year eight, so I think that’s why we’re on a bit of a timescale with it as well.

“It’s life changing, it’s going to change his life forever.”

Find out more on how you can support Ryan via the family’s fundraising page.

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