A five-year-old boy has been told he can have life-changing surgery in the USA.
Oscar Sproxon suffers from Quadriplegic Spastic Cerebral Palsy. This means that all four of his limbs are affected by the condition and as a result he cannot sit, stand, walk or talk.
Since June 2018 his parents, Emily and Aaron, have been putting all of their efforts into raising the ¬£90,000 needed for a revolutionary operation in America, and now they have been told the youngster has been accepted.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôve raised ¬£87,000, so we just need ¬£3,000 to pay for the operation,‚ÄĚ said Emily, who set up Oscar‚Äôs Chance with her husband to raise awareness and funds.
‚ÄúThe doctors have told us Oscar has been accepted for the operation and think it could take place in March 2020, but it could happen earlier if they get availability and so we‚Äôre trying to raise the final ¬£3,000 as quickly as we can.‚ÄĚ
Oscar, from Hessle, stopped breathing when he was born, leaving him with brain damage, and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 18 months old.
The operation could improve Oscar’s balance in sitting, standing, transferring and walking skills, as well as reducing pain and making every day care easier.
In preparation for the operation, he has been undergoing private physiotherapy sessions to make sure he is as strong as possible, and the family said he was ‚Äúreally excited‚ÄĚ when they told him he was going to the US.
‚ÄúOscar is non-verbal but whenever we talk about going to America he gets really excited‚ÄĚ, said Emily.
‚ÄúWe have held charity balls, cake sales and fun days, and we‚Äôve got a race night next month at Walton Street Club.
‚ÄúThe last race night we held we raised ¬£3,000, so it would be brilliant if we could do that again.‚ÄĚ
A race night for Oscar‚Äôs Chance is being held on September 6, at Walton Street Club.
Tickets cost ¬£5 and are available here, or you can pay on the door.
You can also donate to Oscar‚Äôs crowd-funding page here.
“The money we have raised covers Oscar’s operation and also accommodation for while we are in St Louis,” said Emily.
“The operation takes a couple of hours at least, and we will need to stay in America for about six weeks until he can fly home again.”
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