By Natasha Boddy
For Angela Patch and Mark Lanham, seeing their son Ollie Lanham preferring to take steps holding only their hands and not a walker is something of which they used to only dream.
The three-year-old from Hughes has cerebral palsy and recently returned from the United States after having an operation that has been shown to reduce spasticity in children with cerebral palsy, improving sitting, balance and mobility.
Ms Patch said Ollie had made remarkable progress since having the procedure, known as selective dorsal rhizotomy, at St Louis Children’s Hospital, Missouri, in December.
“Our usual physio saw him for the first time since (the operation) and she was just blown away by the changes in him. I don’t think neither she nor us expected that we were going to get such positive changes and good results so quickly,” she said.
Ollie was able to have the operation thanks to the generosity of people who donated more than $74,000 through a hugely successful crowd-funding campaign.
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