The parents of a three-year-old boy are fundraising so their son can have access to specialist therapy which could help him learn to walk.
Emma, 32, and Mike Hampton, 29, of King’s Lynn, are trying to raise £5,000 to meet the cost of a treatment plan which is designed for children with cerebral palsy.
Their son Jack was diagnosed with the condition which was thought to be caused during a difficult labour.
“I went into spontaneous labour at 32 weeks and they had to quickly get him out. He wasn’t breathing when he was born,” said Mrs Hampton.
Jack spent the first month of his life in the neonatal intensive care unit at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital where Mrs Hampton works as a sister on the intensive care ward.
When Jack turned 11 months old, he began suffering from seizures – anywhere between 15 and 20 a day.
Tests and scans revealed Jack had quadriplegic cerebral palsy.
“We knew something wasn’t right as he wasn’t meeting his milestones,” said Mrs Hampton, who also has a three-week son, Harry.
His epilepsy, also caused by cerebral palsy, is now controlled with medication and a special diet.
And, although Jack can talk and eat independently, his condition has affected his limbs, meaning he cannot walk.
Mrs Hampton said: “He crawls everywhere at speed. His legs are much more affected than his arms. He has been referred to wheelchair services.”
But Mrs Hampton said she and her husband, an electrician, believe their determined son will be able to walk.
“Jack wants to be up and doing it. And his paediatrician also has every faith he will do one day,” she added.
Mrs Hampton also said Jack has been showing positive signs of trying to walk using specialist equipment at Little Discoverers in North Lynn.
But he needs to build up strength to help him walk, so Mrs and Mr Hampton are trying to raise enough money to pay for a two-week intensive therapy course at a Bobath Centre in Kent.
The Bobath approach, which has an emphasis on the importance of early rehabilitation, has a focus on a combination of intense physiotherapy, occupational therapy along with speech and language therapists.
“We have done so much research and found Bobath therapy has an 80 per cent success rate and it will help to loosen the muscles,” said Mrs Hampton.
“Physiotherapy is so important, but the NHS are just unable to fund the extra support these little ones need. It is very expensive and we just don’t have the extra money sitting around.”
Mr and Mrs Hampton are aiming to book the therapy for next year, ahead of their son starting school.
Mrs Hampton said: “Those who know Jack know how hard he really does try at everything he does and, will know how far he has come already.
“We want to try everything possible to help support Jack on his cerebral palsy journey and after hours, days, weeks and months of researching we feel we have to give this a go.
“Jack is already absolutely amazing to us and if we can help improve his muscle tone at all then it is definitely worth a try.”
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