Who is Harrison...
Harrison is 4 years old and lives in Nuneaton in Warwickshire with his Mum (Karli), Dad (Lee) and big brother Taylor.
Harrison was born 8 weeks prematurely and spent the first three weeks of his life in the Special Care Baby Unit at George Eliot Hospital, Nuneaton.
It became apparent at Harrison’s 12 month check up with his health visitor that he was unable to do the things that other children his own age could.
In December 2009, Harrison visited Birmingham Children’s Hospital for an MRI scan and was later diagnosed with Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy. Cerebral Palsy is caused by damage to the brain which occurs before, during or after birth. In Harrisons case, the damage was caused to the part of his brain which effects movement and mobility. This damage causes confused nerve messages which results in his leg muscles becoming stiff and tight.
There is no cure for Cerebral Palsy but Physiotherapy and special equipment help to make Harrison’s life a little easier.
In November 2010, we began fundraising to raise money for an operation which was only available at St Louis Children's Hospital in USA. The surgery is called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy and would reduce the spasticity in Harrison's legs reducing the tightness and pain and also giving him an opportunity to build up the muscles and strength in his legs giving him a greater opportunity of walking independently. The operation and travel costs etc would cost approximately £40,000 and this became our target.
In May 2011 we reached our target. Thanks to the kindness and generosity of so many people we were able to travel out to St Louis in July 2011 in preparation for Harrison's surgery on 2nd August 2011.
The surgery was a success and 18 months on Harrison is doing really well.
He has started school this year and is walking round everywhere using his tripod sticks. He has no pain and the spasticity has been completely removed. Harrison is a much happier and more confident child since his operation.
We made a return visit to St Louis in October 2012 for Harrison's follow up appointment. Dr Park was very happy with Harrison's progress and again said that he is sure that Harrison will walk independently, hopefully within 2 years!
He would like to see Harrison again within 2 years so that he can make sure that everything is going to plan and just incase Harrison may need any further small surgery (as one of Harrison's hamstrings is still a little tight)
In the mean time Harrison's intensive physio is ongoing and we hope to continue to see massive improvements!
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