There’s light at the end of the tunnel for little Kai Hodgkinson’s dream of ‘new legs’ – but there’s still a way to go.
The family needs £5,000 to reach the £38,000 target needed for Kai’s operation in America – but a further £20,000 will still need to be raised for physiotherapy and aftercare.
The four-year-old has cerebral palsy and needs a selective dorsal rhizotomy operation to help him walk unaided. It’s a procedure which the NHS have refused to fund.
Kai’s dad Brian Roberts said: “We just need that final push to raise the cash.
“The money for the 12 months’ worth of physiotherapy and aftercare is just as important as the operation.
“Although we are nearing the target to pay for the surgery, he can’t have it done until we’ve raised the money for physio when we get home. We are so grateful to everyone who has helped us so far. It’s an amazing amount of money and I can’t begin to thank the hundreds of people enough for everything they have done.
“I’m running out of ideas now though, we’ve done everything we can think of.
“We could do with a rich businessman to help us with the last bit!
“I think we’ll put another fun day on and there are a few events in the pipeline which should hopefully bring in some more money.”
Kai starts school in September and as he attempts to keep up with his brothers and sisters and his friends, he is finding moving around increasingly difficult.
He is falling over and getting frustrated because he can’t do what he wants to do. Even dancing to his favourite tunes ends in a tumble.
“People don’t see what goes on a daily basis,” said Brian.
“We have been given a trampoline for the garden and while his brothers and sisters are out there jumping, Kai can only sit and roll, he can’t jump and can’t join in.
“Since I did the Three Peaks Challenge in May, I’ve been fell walking and climbing. We did a climb at the weekend and the children came with me but I couldn’t take Kai with me. It’s affecting the whole family.
“He needs the operation so much, he keeps falling over all the time, it’s unbearable.”