The family, friends and supporters of a young boy with a rare type of cerebral palsy have managed to raise £80,000 to fund a life-changing operation, which has yielded “absolutely unbelievable” results.
Blake Barley, Norfolk, was born ten weeks premature and first developed the condition following a bleed on his brain.
Doctors predicted that Blake would need to use a wheelchair in his later life, after it was discovered that severe stiffness in his leg muscles would impair his ability to walk without wearing leg splints specially designed to force his heels to the ground.
But five years after a life-changing operation in America, eight-year-old Blake can now not only walk unaided, but has been enjoying running, jumping, swimming and more.
Blake’s mother, Mrs Barley, has labelled her son’s progress since the operation “absolutely unbelievable”.
Following an appeal launched in a local newspaper, Mrs Barley, close friends and family members and supporters far and wide, managed to raise an astonishing £80,000 in just six months.
Five years after the operation, the eight-year-old is undergoing regular physiotherapy and eyeing up future ambitions to learn how to ride a bike and how to roller-skate, according to reports.
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