Help Ben walk without pain
This video shows Ben crossing the finish line on his own two feet!!
Every year when it comes round to Ben's birthday I'm reminded of how close we were to loosing him during his birth.
But he was born fighting & has continued to fight all his life. We would like to share with you the very beginning of Ben's journey..
Amy was supposed to have a c-section. Due to Amy's small frame & myself being over 6 ft tall there was concerns that there might be complications if Amy was to deliver naturally & so a planned c-section was the safest & most practical route to take.
Amy went into early labour at 34 weeks. She was given an injection of steroids to help the babys lungs incase he was born that night. Everything seemed to settle down, the contractions stopped & Amy was sent home to rest.
But the contractions started again & for the next 3 weeks Amy was back an fourth to the hospital, in a lot of pain & a feeling that baby had dropped.
In hospital Amy explained that moving & walking had become extremely difficult & uncomfortable & that it felt as though the baby had dropped as she was feeling alot of pressure. She also explained that babys movements had definitely changed & were not as they had been.
At 37 weeks Amy went back into hospital with the same issues but this time the midwifes decided she was in labour. Despite the maternity records & all the planning done by the consultant it was decided by the staff working that evening that a C-Section was not necessary & Amy was to give birth naturally.
After a few difficult hours in labour & nothing progressing forward the midwife decided to break the waters & put a sensor on Ben's head to monitor his heart beat.
After another few hours things weren't going well. Amy was in labour but nothing was moving forward & so the midwife decided to call for a anethestist to give Amy an epidural, this took an anethestist 5 attempts to do because as Amy's contractions were coming as the doctor was attempting to put the needle in.
Only a few minutes after the epidural was in the situation got worse, Ben's heart beat had dropped & he had to be delivered there & then.
After a failed vontuse attempt a consultant was called in, Amy was injected with a local anaesthetic & a forceps delivery was attempted. It's the next few minutes of Ben's birth that horrified & petrified me. Amy's frame was just to small for the forceps, but by this point Ben's heart beat was falling dangerously low & Amy's condition was also worsening.
Amy had to be cut open to allow both forceps to be used & what really sticks out In my mind is the amount of blood Amy was loosing.
At this point the consultant realised that Ben was & had been stuck in Amy's hips. Amy was getting really weak & wasn't with it at all.
I had to watch as the consultant tried to pull Ben out with the forceps while the midwifes held Amy on the bed.
When Ben was finally born he was blue, hardly breathing & was taken away to be given oxygen & be treated by an emergency team. Once he was stable he was brought back to his mum inside a heated unit. Amy had to have alot of stitches & was put on a drip.
For 6 months after Ben was born Amy had no feeling below the waist, everything from the waist down was numb & although the doctors reassured her that this was nothing to worry about & can happen after an epidural, the feeling in her legs has never completely returned.
Ben had an MRI scan just before his 1st birthday & he was diagnosed with Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy just after his 1st birthday. He has scarring to the brain as a result of lack of oxygen.
Ben had already gone through so much just to be born, we made a promise to Ben when he was a tiny baby that we would always fight for him. We had no idea at the time just how much he would go through as a child, Ben's birth was a fight & ever since we have been fighting for him. We are trying our best to keep that promise to our little boy.
Gary - Ben's Dad
It was midnight, he could barely stay awake but he said there was no way he would get any sleep at all if he didn't stretch.
Its Christmas & he's in agony! He needs the laxity in this ligament reduced & treated but we just cant afford the procedure yet.
At around midnight on Sunday an absolutely exhausted Ben was up & really struggling with his calf muscles.
Being of his feet with his knee & hips meant that the years of muscle tone he had built up has wasted away.
Whilst he waits until we can afford to get the damage to his anterior cruciate ligament treated as it was damaged due to his knee cap dislocating, he is plodding on as best he can.
However with little muscle tone in his legs even the shortest of walks can hurt like crazy for him because his calf muscles are exceeding there current capability as there not strong enough to take the pressure.
Last night his muscles were not happy & although he was shattered & struggling to stay awake he was desperate to stretch out & try to relieve some of the tightness & pain.
It was a long night for this little man!
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A combination of his hip injury/shallowing of the hip, dislocated knee cap/overstated ligament & muscle wastage from 12 weeks of his feet with the injuries have resulted in massive deterioration. His legs & feet are now twisting inwards because he doesn't have the strength to control his stepping.
Ben has had a terrible few months all because of lack of treatment. We haven't been able to fund the treatment he needs just recently due to a dip in fundraising. His body buckled under the strain while resulted in serious injuries one of which is permanent damage.
Due to him being of his feet for so long with the injuries & us having to pay private to get the injuries treated as the NHS couldn't help, his quad muscles have wasted & become very weak & he is struggling to walk.
Ben suffered a full pelvic tilt forcing his hips to dislocate. As a result of this he now has a shallowing of the right hip. Effectively the ball of the hip is now loose in the socket.
He then dislocated his knee cap resulting in the ligament that holds the knee cap becoming over stretched. This now requires a surgical procedure to tighten the ligament so that he regains the full use of his leg. This procedure IS NOT funded on the NHS.
In this video you can clearly see the weakness & deterioration in his right leg. His leg & foot is now twisting inwards making it extremely difficult for him to walk.
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Good luck Ben you shouldn't have to go through this process, stay strong young man.
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Met Ben and his family on Saturday when I was doing a stall at their Family Fun Day. Such a pleasure to see him and how well he is doing thanks to all the fundraising and donations. Keep up the support - he deserves it! :)