On the 12th September 2010 our son Abe was born ten weeks early. When he failed to meet certain milestones we suspected something was wrong. In March 2012 Abe was diagnosed with a form of Cerebral Palsy called Spastic Diplegia. It was a massive shock. We don’t know what his future will hold or if he will ever be able to walk independently.
Abe has just turned two and needs daily physiotherapy sessions, although he can sit up he isn’t very stable, he can’t stand independently and he relies on a walking frame to get around. Despite his physical challenges, Abe is a bright little boy and is becoming a chatterbox just like his sister! He is a very determined and lovable little dude. Our little superstar!
Unfortunately on the 20th September 2012 we found out Abe’s condition won’t improve, and the only way to stop his legs from progressively degenerating is to have surgery called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR). Since then we’ve been busy making Abe’s Adventure become a reality.
We would like to give Abe the best possible chance and have the surgery at St Louis Children’s Hospital in America since they pioneered the procedure. Following the operation, it is likely that the spasticity in Abe’s legs will be permanently reduced and his balance and coordination vastly improved. Abe will spend 4 weeks in America and then follow an intensive physio programme upon his return to the UK.
The operation costs in the region of £40,000 and in order to cover this and the intensive physiotherapy Abe will need after the operation we are aiming to raise a total of £50,000.
Finally before you visit the rest of Abe’s site we’d like to introduce the other members of the family!
Abe’s Mummy (Leigh)
Abe’s Daddy (Gavin)
Abe’s cheeky Sister (Thea, 4 years old and just started school)
The Cats (Howie and Daisy)