BRAVE Aiden Farrell has already put up with a lot in his short life.
The two-year-old was diagnosed with cerebral palsy after he was born prematurely at 29 weeks.
After battling infections he was eventually allowed home to be with his parents.
But now he suffers from chronic muscle pain in his legs as a result of the cerebral palsy.
His parents Sara and Gevun, of Grange Crescent in Gosport, want the youngster to have Botox injections, which is often used to treat the cramps.
But mum Sara says there is a 12-month wait for the treatment on the NHS.
University Hospital Southampton is the only hospital offering the treatment in the region.
The hospital says that there is a high demand for the service, and it has to be offered on clinical need, which can lead to some patients having to wait.
So the Farrells’ friends and family have set out to raise enough cash to have the injections done privately. They are aiming for £5,000, although they don’t know the actual cost of the treatment yet.
Sara, 31, said: ‘As a mum I feel useless that I can’t do anything apart from massage his legs to take the pain away.
‘It feels like you have to fight for everything when you have a child with additional needs and it does make me angry. Everything costs a lot more as well.
‘Aiden is such a happy little boy and so determined.
‘He can walk a little bit with a walking frame and the Botox would make walking easier for him.’
The family has also asked for Aiden to be put on the waiting list at the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London but has not yet heard back. They have organised a fundraising family day at the Queens Head pub in Brockhurst Road, Gosport on September 15 at 5pm with a bouncy castle and games.
n To donate towards Aiden’s treatment fund, call reporter Sam Bannister on (023) 9254 5803.