Family jubilant as doctors say yes to surgery

Aiden Farrell
Aiden Farrell
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EVERY young boy wants to run around and play in the playground with his new-found friends on the first day of school.

And it looks like that may be possible for little Aiden Farrell, three, who suffers from cerebral palsy, after doctors gave the green light for life-changing surgery.

He needs selective dorsal rhizotomy, and mum Sara and dad Gevun, of Grange Crescent, in Gosport, had been waiting with bated breath to find out if doctors in Bristol could do it.

Now the family must raise £27,000 by May next year, meaning may be able to walk when he starts school in September.

Sara, 32, said Aiden’s siblings Jake, 12, Ben, nine and Shianne, six, whooped with delight when they heard the news.

She said: ‘I’m really relieved because Aiden’s consultants said if Bristol said no then they’re saying no for a very good reason.

‘I’m just so chuffed, the morning they rang up and said yes the kids started screaming in the background and I had to apologise – they were really excited. I’m really excited for his future now, it’s just going to open up a whole new world for him with him being more mobile.

‘It’s not going to happen overnight, there’s a lot of hard work afterwards strengthening up his muscles but he’s going to be pain free.’

The family had faced having to raise £50,000 to send him to America for the operation.

As reported previously in The News, Aiden needed Botox injections in his legs to help him walk.

Readers donated thousands to the family but the treatment was then offered on the NHS.

It means the Farrells have £7,000 of the £27,000 needed.

If Aiden has the treatment, it will see surgeons remove the nerves that are causing his leg muscles to tighten and means he would not need Botox injections.

Sara is committed to raising the cash, having collected more than £2,000 in just a weekend of bag packing at a supermarket.

She wants anyone with fundraising ideas to get in touch.

She said: ‘I’m not very imaginative when it comes to doing different things.

‘So I’m looking for people to come forward and give me ideas, or even do something themselves if they want to help.’

n Call reporter Ben Fishwick on (023) 9254 5804 if you can help.