Leckhampton school boy making progress after life-changing operation
SCHOOLBOY Daniel Morgan is making fantastic progress in his quest to walk on crutches following life-changing surgery, his mother has revealed.
The six-year-old from Leckhampton can now walk 100m with a walker and has new muscle strength developing in his legs.
He had pioneering surgery in the US just before Christmas, to ease tightness in his legs caused by spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, following a fundraising campaign supported by the Echo.
Daniel had been stuck in a wheelchair, but is now able to play with his friends at Leckhampton Primary School using his walker.
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Mum Helen, 38, said: "He is working really hard at his physio and making great progress all the time.
"He can walk about 100m at a stretch on his walker and he has visible muscle developing on his legs where he previously did not have it.
"It's exciting to see muscle starting to develop.
"It's a two to three-year programme to get him walking on crutches and the operation was just the beginning.
"Hopefully at some point he will move from a walker to sticks, but we are six months to a year away from that point.
"He's happier now he can walk around at his school. He's really pleased to be able to.
"His classmates and teachers are really happy for him. They helped with the fundraising so it's great for them to see him walking now."
Without the surgery, which was unlikely to have been provided by the NHS, Daniel would have been in a wheelchair for life.
Daniel's operations were possible because of the fundraising campaign, which saw £80,000 pour in from generous donors.
The money paid for travel to the US and Daniel's operation and will also fund the intensive physiotherapy he now needs.
His dad Richard, 36, said: "He will never be able to walk unassisted, but if he can get to walk on crutches in a couple of years that will be great."
He added the operation also meant Daniel would be in a lot less pain as he grew older.
Gloucestershire Morris Men donated £250 to help with physiotherapy costs.
Richard said: "It has meant everything to us that people have donated the money. Seeing what he can do now, we can see the potential for what he is going to be able to do."