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Overyjoyed by pledges for ‘crazy legs’ surgery (From Durham Times)

A MOTHER says she is overwhelmed and overjoyed at the public response to an appeal to help her son walk freely for the first time.

Last week, Jodie Bussey made an emotional plea for help raising the £48,000 needed to get her fouryear- old son, Thomas, the operation medics believe could set him free.

Thomas, from Ushaw Moor, near Durham City, suffers from spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, which leaves him in constant pain and unable to walk more than a few steps at a time.

The youngster, a pupil at St Joseph’s RC Primary School, calls his failing limbs his “crazy legs”.

Doctors believe he could benefit from groundbreaking surgery which involves cutting into the spine and severing the nerve that causes spasticity in the legs.

It is best performed in the US and before children reach six, which for Thomas would be March next year.

Since making an appeal for help in The Northern Echo on Saturday, Miss Bussey has received more than 20 calls pledging support and a series of anonymous donations.

Last night, she said: “We’re over the moon – overjoyed and overwhelmed. I’ve been in tears every time someone’s called.

“A lot of people ringing up have been elderly. It really touches me because I know how much people are struggling right now.”

To sponsor Thomas, visit JUSTGIVING

via Overyjoyed by pledges for ‘crazy legs’ surgery (From Durham Times).

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