Leo is a lovely 13 year old local boy, he was born with Cerebral Palsy, Spastic Diplegia - this causes him to have spasticity in all of his muscles in his legs meaning they continually contract. This condition has always interfered with Leos life stopping him doing so many things that any other able bodied child could do - for example riding a bike, playing tag, joining in on sports day without feeling so embarrassed because he wasn't able do do even the bean bag race without falling over. He was unable to walk until he was 3, unable to dress until he was 5, the list goes on...
We have recently found out that as Leo gets older, the spasticity in his muscles are going to put his body under a lot of pressure and he is going to suffer from extreme pain, possible bone deformities, premature ageing of his muscles which could then result in Leo needing permanent walking aids or a wheelchair.
THERE IS HOPE - Leo can have an operation called SDR (selective dorsal rhizotomy). This involves a very intricate operation done on the spine cutting nerves that send messages to the brain telling the muscles to contract, therefore the spasticity will almost be eradicated. Leo will then need tolearn to walk again and will need to have months and months of intensive physiotherapy.
Unfortunately Leo is unable to have this operation funded by the NHS so his family are therefore looking to raise £40,000 to enable him to have this life changing treatment. This operation would give Leo the opportunity to lead an independent, pain free and active life.