Bobby is a 7 year old boy that was born with suspected diaplegia cerebral palsy. He is currently unable to walk unaided and uses a walker or wheelchair for mobility.
Bobby has been accepted to St Louis Children's Hospital in the U.S for life changing SDR surgery. Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) is an operation used to reduce spasticity (muscle stiffness) in some children with Cerebral Palsy.
Spasticity has an impact on motor function and quality of life. It can affect gait, cause pain and contribute to muscle contractures which can lead to deformities. Nerve fibres running from the muscles to the spinal cord play a major role in maintaining the typical muscle stiffness seen in spasticity. SDR is a surgical procedure performed on these spinal nerve fibres to reduce levels of spasticity in the legs.
SDR is currently not available in Ireland therefore America is the best place to go in order to give Bobby every opportunity to walk unaided in the future.
We would be extremely grateful for every donation which will pay for Surgery, Travel & ongoing rehab before and after the procedure.
Zoe & Stevie.