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Family mission to raise £40,000 so three-year-old son can walk unaided
7:00am Thursday 3rd October 2013 in News
THREE-year-old Thomas Alcock needs £40,000 to help him walk unaided for the first time.
He was diagnosed with bilateral spastic diplegia – a type of cerebral palsy which causes painful muscle cramps and restricts mobility – just days after his second birthday.
Now three-and-a-half, Tom is unable to walk without the aid of a walker but last week his mum Jill Cropley and dad Kev Alcock were informed he had been accepted for pioneering surgery in America, which will ease his daily struggle with pain and prevent him developing deformities.
Jill, aged 44, of Lichfield Avenue in Lowton, said: “This is about improving Tom’s quality of life and that is all any parent wants.
“He will still have cerebral palsy and need physiotherapy but permanent deformities won’t set in and he will be able to walk on his own.
“At the moment if he just walks around the house his legs get tired because the effort on his muscles is the equivalent to one of us running a marathon. Without this operation he will be in a wheelchair by the time he is 10 but we’re lucky because Tom has not developed any contortions, extreme tightness or deformities yet and this operation will stop that.
“Tom needs assistance in all activities of daily living due to his lack of mobility and he is in a lot of pain in the mornings due to the stiffness in his legs.
“He goes to weekly physio sessions and I continue them on a daily basis but he thinks I am a bad mummy because the stretches hurt and make him cry.”
Tom also has to wear splints on his legs and a full body elasticated support suit which Jill has to convince him to wear by calling it his Superman suit.
Staff from Warrington Hospital, where Jill works in the intensive care unit, are helping to raise funds for the family.
Jill said: “It is very daunting because it is a lot of money to raise and we have never done this before but I am determined to take Tom to America.
“Tom is an IVF baby, 15 years in the making, and it is a miracle we had him. He is special and I just want to do the best I can for him.”
The family are hoping to raise enough by the middle of 2014 to send Tom to St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri for the operation that will cut the bad nerves in his spine.
- To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/jill-cropley.
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