James goes to great lengths for hospital

James Garry has defects with his vertebrae and went through a series of operations last year at Addenbrooke's. He now wants to raise money for the hospital's children ward by swimming a mile.''From left;

James Garry has defects with his vertebrae and went through a series of operations last year at Addenbrooke's. He now wants to raise money for the hospital's children ward by swimming a mile.''From left;

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A NINE-YEAR-OLD boy, who was diagnosed with a life-changing spinal condition, has raised £2,500 with a charity swim.

On Sunday, James Garry, from Worlington, completed 64 lengths at Mildenhall Swimming Pool to raise money for Addenbrooke’s Hospital’s Childrens’ Ward.

Last year, James underwent an operation to fuse vertebrae in his spine at the Cambridge hospital.

James, who led an active lifestyle and played rugby for Bury St Edmunds, was forced to wear a restrictive collar after the operation and was told contact sports were off-limits until doctors gave him the all clear.

Despite James’ plight, his father Rob said he stayed positive.

“I would say that the whole time he was in hospital, with the collar and everything, he was down for about a day. We wanted to raise the money for all the people that had helped James recover.”