Family celebrate as Kai gets operation go-ahead

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 long wait – but Kai Hodgkinson and his devoted family are celebrating the news they have been waiting for.

After a two-year battle to raise thousands of pounds for treatment, Kai has finally been told he can have the operation he desperately needs to help him walk unaided.

The youngster, who has cerebral palsy, will have the specialist selective dorsal rhizotomy operation, possibly as early as August.

The five-year-old, who lives in Lawnswood Avenue, Poulton, met a group of consultants at a hospital in Leeds on Monday for an assessment to find out if he was a good candidate for surgery.

It will be done privately by a specialist team of surgeons, paid for by a £43,000 fund which has been collected by local people through the Kickstart for Kai campaign – backed by the Fleetwood Weekly News.

Delighted mum Caron said: “Thank you to every single person who helped us raise the funds to allow Kai to lead a better life.

“It was the hardest thing we have ever done. It very nearly ripped our family apart because of all the stress and worry but, being the strong family we are, we managed to stick it out. Every second was worth it for Kai.

“You should all be very proud of yourselves for making a five-year-old’s dream come true.”

The huge fund-raising drive, launched in 2012, was originally set up for Kai to have the operation carried out in America.

At the time, Kai had been refused treatment in this country, mainly because surgeons thought he was too young.

Kai’s story captured the hearts of the community and soon people were coming forward with their own fund-raising ideas and the fund began to grow. Proud dad 
Brian Roberts tirelessly led the campaign with Caron, completing his own fund-
raising events, including the Three Peaks Challenge.