Surgery assessment at last for brave Kai

Brothers Codie Hodgkinson, 11 and Kai Hodgkinson, 5, at home in Poulton.

Brothers Codie Hodgkinson, 11 and Kai Hodgkinson, 5, at home in Poulton.

It’s been a rocky road getting there – but brave Kai Hodgkinson is finally having an assessment for surgery to help him walk unaided.

The youngster, who has cerebral palsy, will go to Leeds on June 9 to meet specialist consultants who will assess Kai and decide whether he can have the selective dorsal rhizotomy operation.

The five-year-old’s family have tirelessly fund-raised to have the operation carried out privately, with the Weekly News backing their fund-raising with a Kickstart for Kai campaign.

And it looked like it was all systems go a couple of months ago.

But a cruel twist of fate landed the family in turmoil when Kai’s older brother Cody was found to have a tumour growing inside his leg.

And it all happened just when Kai’s long awaited appointment card fell through the door.

Mum Caron, of Lawnswood Avenue, said: “At the time we had to make a decision, Cody needed treatment straight away and we couldn’t be in two places at once.

“So we decided to wait for a second appointment for Kai.

“Now its come through and Cody is doing much better so we can go ahead with the assessment.

At first it looked like Cody might have had a malignant tumour, but a biopsy remained inconclusive. Doctors are now confident that they are dealing with a bone infection.

“Cody had an MRI scan last week and we are still waiting for the results from that. I think no news is good news but we will have to wait and see. Doctors do think it’s a bone infection though so we hope the results show that.

“We are really pleased that Kai can finally go for his assessment, we are optimistic that they will accept him. He had already been accepted for treatment in America and so fingers crossed there won’t be a problem.

“If all goes well Kai could go for surgery as early as three to six weeks later.”

Fleetwood folk rallied to raise £36,000 for Kai’s operation.

It was hoped it would be carried out in America before the team in Leeds offered to carry it out here.




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