Norwich family’s struggle to fund vital treatment for their son
16:30 28 July 2012
A family have told of their struggle to find the money to help their young son overcome a condition which has left him unable to walk unaided.
"We just want to do whatever we can to help him become more of an independent young man in the years to come."
Nine-year-old James Burrows, of Argyle Crescent in Taverham, has cerebral palsy, which means he needs a frame to walk and has to have a drain from his head.
Mother and father Trish and Michael, both 40, are determined to do whatever they can to pay for the extra physiotherapy treatment they believe James will need after his latest operation, but are reliant on the support of fundraisers.
The couple have already seen their son, a pupil at Taverham Junior School, overcome the odds at an even younger age – he had three operations in three days at only two weeks old – and are amazed by the determination and upbeat attitude with which he faces his daily struggles.
Mrs Burrows said: “He cannot play football with his friends because if he falls and bangs his head, it could be life-threatening.
“He has frequent, uncomfortable treatment, but he gets it done and goes back to school smiling.
“He does get frustrated. But he still smiles. He is our little boy and you want to do everything you can for him. We have our black moments but we are just lucky he is here.”
James is about to have an operation, which includes placing a metal plate in his hip and lowering his heel.
He will receive some physiotherapy on the NHS, but for the longer-term intensive treatment which he needs to benefit fully from the operation, they will have to go private.
The going rate for that is £60 an hour, with three hour-long sessions a day and five a week to get results.
And his parents, who also have a six-year-old son, William, admit that is something they cannot afford.
Mrs Burrows, a kitchen assistant at James’s school, added: “It is a struggle. We are dreading the operation and do not want him to go through it for nothing.
“He will always need a frame, but we want him to become more of an independent young man in the years to come.”
A big event was held last night to raise funds for James’s treatment. Zumba fitness Norwich – owned by Sallie-Anne Sadler – held a mass Zumbathon fitness event with all proceeds going to the family. And people can still sponsor.
Call Sallie-Anne on 07793 908361 or visit www.zumbaqueennorwich.co.uk