An nine-year-old boy diagnosed with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy is now one step closer to a life-changing operation.
Brave Jordan Chaplin, from Bury St Edmunds, needs a selective dorsal rhizotomy operation to release the spasms in his legs to help him walk unaided.
His family have been raising money to travel to St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri in America for his operation.
But his mother Lynne, 46, says Jordan’s surgery can now take place in the UK at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.
The family had raised almost £30,000 of the £50,000 needed to fly to the United State with the help of an anonymous donation, but now will use the money to pay for the private treatment.
Lynne said: “The operation will be exactly the same, they have trained with the doctors at St Louis in Missouri.
“If all goes well he will be in hospital for only five to seven days with three weeks of after care physio.
“After that we can carry on his physio at home.
“They have said Jordan, if he puts in the effort, should be able to walk unaided.”
Jordan was assessed in December last year by a neurosurgeon at the hospital.
He had a further physio assessment in January and in February the family received the good news.
Lynne said the operation would make a huge difference in Jordan’s life.
“He says to me ‘I just want my legs to work’.
“He wants to be able to kick a football and play basketball with his older brother.
“It is simple things like that. He wants to play sport, be part of something, be part of a team rather than sitting on the sidelines.
“It will make a huge difference to his life.”
Lynne said although they have received confirmation the operation will take place this year, the family are still waiting for a final date to be set.
“The doctors have told me it is imminent though,” said Lynne.“