Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Pioneering cerebral palsy surgery: Daniel's journey

Daniel is able to stand and play with his toys, but only with help from an apparatus.
Posted by Neill Abayon

Daniel Pretty lives in the county of Surrey in the UK. Like many 5-year-olds, he enjoys sports and playing with his little brother - but unlike many children his age, he needs help to do even the simplest of tasks.

Daniel was born with spastic cerebral palsy, a condition that makes his muscles very tight, prohibiting him from standing or walking unaided.

But you can help Medical News Today and Daniel with fundraising toward a potentially life-changing surgery.

In the UK, a surgical procedure known as selective dorsal rhizotomy, or SDR, is relatively new with poor availability, which is why Daniel and his family have sought help from Dr. T.S. Park, a neurosurgeon at the St. Louis Children's Hospital in Missouri. The potentially life-changing surgery comes at some cost, however - $83,000 to be precise.

Tree of Hope - a UK-based children's charity with close links to MNT - is helping Daniel's family with funding, in addition to a £5,000 ($7,600) donation from us toward Daniel's cause. The Tree of Hope is Medical News Today's charity of the year.

Go to Daniel's website for more details about how you too can help. Or donate to his cause by clicking the 'donate' button below.

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