A THREE-year-old with cerebral palsy is set to have surgery later this year to give him more independence.

Alex Bent, from Pennington, spent the first two months of his life in a critical condition after being born at 28 weeks in an emergency c-section procedure.

He suffered from infection and chronic lung disease.

Months after leaving hospital, Alex’s parents Katherine, 38, and Mike, 42, noticed he wasn’t able to sit up on his own, roll over or crawl and his legs seemed tight.

An MRI scan found Alex had cerebral palsy and brain damage.

Despite the tough start to his life, Alex has always remained upbeat.

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Mum-of-two Katherine said: “Alex is such a fighter and has a truly amazing personality and makes every person who meets him smile.

“He has made great progress through his hard work and determination.

“But the spasticity in his legs means he cannot stand on his own, walk without a walking frame or climb stairs.

“Our wish is for Alex is to see him have as much independence as possible and be able to live the life he deserves.”

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In October Alex will have selective doral rhizotomy surgery at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital which works to reduce muscle stiffness.

Although the operation is funded by the NHS, there is no allocation for treatment after the surgery such as intensive physiotherapy.

The cost of treatment and equipment for Alex is expected to cost £15,000 and a crowdfunding appeal has been set up.

To donate to it click here.

A text donation service has been set up too.

To make a donation, text ALEXSWISH 5 to 70085 to donate £5. This costs £5 plus the cost of sending a standard rate message.

Alternatively, you can opt to give between £1 to £20 (i.e. ALEXSWISH 20 for £20). 

A Facebook group, Alex's Wish to Walk, which will have details of any upcoming fundraising events, has also been set up. To view it click here.