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Mum seeks fundraising help to give son a chance to walk
6:00pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
A MOTHER is trying to raise £15,000 to send her disabled son to receive treatment that could enable him to walk.
Camren Haines, three, has a form of cerebral palsy that means he cannot stand and can move only by pulling himself along by his arms.
Mum Sophie Haines, 27, of Kidlington, hopes to send him to The Footsteps Centre in Dorchester-on-Thames.
The centre offers specialist rehabilitation that will help strengthen Camren’s muscles and could help him to crawl or walk in the future.
Mrs Haines said: “I cannot put into words how happy it would make me feel to see him stand up and walk for himself.
”Just to see him do something for himself, something most children do without a second thought, would make the last three years a little bit less painful.”
Camren was born prematurely at 27 weeks and was rushed to the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. When he was discharged 111 days later, said Mrs Haines, she was told he was fine, but she found he could not extend his arms or stand unaided.
She said: “I was back and forth to health visitors and doctors saying something is wrong, he is not growing properly or developing.”
At the 12-month checkup the family was told that he had global developmental delay, and three months later it was confirmed he had spastic quadriplegia, a form of cerebral palsy.
Camren has not fallen behind in his learning and so far has not had a fit, although these can develop later in life, Mrs Haines said.
She added: “He can sit for a few minutes unaided but he has to have someone sitting behind him because he could suddenly fall and hit his head.
“He has improved and can improve more, but it is all about the amount of time he spends doing physiotherapy.”
Camren attends The Ormerod School, in Headington, a specialist school for children with disabilities, and he receives NHS physiotherapy every week.
Mrs Haines said: “Attending The Footsteps Centre would mean that he would get more intensive physiotherapy.
“I really, really hope that he can learn to sit and can learn to crawl.
“I do not think he fully understands why he cannot do things. We were at a restaurant last week and he wanted to go on a climbing frame there.”
Mrs Haines, who also has a nine-year-old daughter, Bethany, with husband Terry, 33, plans to complete a 10-mile trek next Saturday to raise money for the cause.
The £15,000 would pay for six lots of three-week intensive physiotherapy sessions for two years, as well as a specialist buggy.
- Visit justgiving.com/camrens-steps
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