Date is set for life-changing op for Titchfield toddler

GOING TO AMERICA Natalie and Nick Young with their son Harvey. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (13437-1)
GOING TO AMERICA Natalie and Nick Young with their son Harvey. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (13437-1)
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A DATE has been set for the operation which a family hopes will transform their three-year-old son’s life.

The Young family will be heading to St Louis in America in early June so that Harvey can have a selective dorsal rhizotomy, which should enable him to walk properly.

As reported, Harvey has spastic diplegia cerebral palsy, and his family had hoped to get him the operation in the UK, but in this country it is only available in a handful of locations and the selection criteria is very strict.

Rather than take a chance and wait up to two years to see if he is eligible, his family have opted to raise the £35,000 needed to fund the operation. And with the help of family and friends they have already raised £15,000 since January.

Mum Natalie, of Bellflower Way in Titchfield, said: ‘We went to Scotland for two weeks of training for Harvey, to a specialist centre where they taught him to use his weaker muscle which he doesn’t use so much at the moment. The idea is to give him a head start before the operation.

‘He can now walk seven or eight steps. It’s very slow going, and he needed a bit of confidence but that’s without his frame or anything.

‘It’s just fantastic to see. I was in shock when I saw it. We were told that he might make about half that after two weeks, so it’s more than we could have hoped for.

‘We’ve now got two months to raise another £20,000. People have been so kind so far, it’s been amazing.’

Upcoming fundraisers include a Pampered Chef party at Burridge Community Centre on May 24 from 8pm, a pub quiz at the Parsons Collar pub in Whiteley on April 24, and a Spinathon at Chamberlayne Leisure Centre in Southampton on April 28.

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