Rainham family needs to raise £50,000 for operation so 'cheeky' three-year-old Finley can walk
PUBLISHED: 15:00 13 June 2018
The family of a "determined" three-year-old boy with cerebral palsy are aiming to raise £50,000 in the next year for a life-changing operation.
Finley Connelly, of Rainham, was diagnosed with diplegia cerebral palsy when he was two-years-old and continues to face everyday issues with walking and his co-ordination as a result of the condition.
But those at Great Ormond Street Hospital have told his parents Aimee and Ryan that he could have selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) surgery which would get rid of the tightness in Finley’s muscles and, with years of physiotherapy, the chance to walk without being in pain.
However, as the surgery is not funded by the NHS, his family will have to raise £50,000 for the procedure.
Aimee, 28, said: “He’s been through a lot for someone who’s so young with operations and having to go to the hospital regularly so it’s never easy but he’s such a happy and cheeky child.
“He’s never let his condition stop him from trying to join in and try to walk and run, because he is very determined.
“He does fall over and he does get bruises but he carries on, he doesn’t let that put him off from trying to walk by himself.
“I’m so proud of him and we want to give him the best possible chance in life.”
Finley’s family will be raising money via their Just Giving page but will also be holding events throughout the year, including a quiz night, football match, sponsored walk and fun days, in a bid to get the £50,000 needed for his operation.
Aimee said: “If we don’t raise this money, then he’s just going to end up in a wheelchair and none of us want that - it is going to make such a difference to him.
“Even if people could give a small amount, they would be helping to make a little boy’s life.”
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To find out more information about Finley and his condition, visit The Finley Foundation Facebook page.