VIDEO: Ardleigh Green boy with cerebral palsy takes first unaided steps after operation

Freddy Hazelwood is four-years-old and has cerebral palsy his family, have been raising money for m

Freddy Hazelwood is four-years-old and has cerebral palsy his family, have been raising money for more than a year for him to go to America and have his operation so that he can now walk. - Credit: Archant

A four-year-old boy with cerebral palsy took his first unaided steps after his family succeeded in raising almost £100,000 for a “miracle” operation.

Freddy Hazelwood is four-years-old and has cerebral palsy with his brother Archie, seven. His family

Freddy Hazelwood is four-years-old and has cerebral palsy with his brother Archie, seven. His family, have been raising money for more than a year for him to go to America and have his operation so that he can now walk. - Credit: Archant

Shelley Hazelwood, of Primrose Glen, Ardleigh Green, and her family travelled to America for her son Freddy’s operation, but she could not believe her eyes when she saw him walk unaccompanied by his walking frame, just hours after surgery.

She said: “It was an absolute miracle.

“Me and my husband just looked at each other in complete shock that he had made so much progress in such a short amount of

time.

Freddy Hazelwood is four-years-old and has cerebral palsy his family, have been raising money for m

Freddy Hazelwood is four-years-old and has cerebral palsy his family, have been raising money for more than a year for him to go to America and have his operation so that he can now walk. - Credit: Archant


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“It was like they had given him a completely new pair of legs!”

Freddy was diagnosed with spastic diplegia – a form of cerebral palsy – at the age of two and was forced to use his walking frame wherever he went.

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But thanks to the determination of his family and generosity of friends, £90,850 was raised to pay for the SDR (selective dorsal rhizotomy) – a five hour operation which reduces the tightness in the lower limbs.

Shelley said: “We’ve done everything we can to get this money for him.

“We’ve organised runs, cake sales, parties, community days and so much more so that he can have a great chance in life.”

Freddy has now started attending Ardleigh Green Infants School where he can play with the other children at lunch time with very little assistance.

Shelley said: “He still uses his frame whenever he feels the need to, but the fact that he can make that choice for himself is just amazing for all of us.”

More than £48,000 was spent on the operation and the rest of the money will go towards Freddy’s physiotherapy treatment.

Shelley said: “We wouldn’t have been able to reach our target without the help from everyone who has donated so I would like to say a massive thank you to all of you for making our dream of Freddy walking come true.”

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