Fund for baby with flat head syndrome boosted by donation from East Coast Truckers

Baby Oscar Radford, 7 months, who has flat head syndrome.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Baby Oscar Radford, 7 months, who has flat head syndrome.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Generous truckers who fundraise throughout the year to help disadvantaged children have pledged to help a Bowthorpe baby diagnosed with flat head syndrome.

Seven-month-old Oscar Radford is one of many babies to suffer from the condition, but the deformity has become so pronounced he will need a specially fitted helmet to correct his skull.

Around one in five babies experience flat head syndrome at some point, which can be caused by problems in the womb, lying on their back or being born prematurely.

Oscar's case is not so severe as to require surgery, but a helmet to help reshape his skull could cost in the region of £2,000.

Now the East Coast Truckers, best known for their children's convoy on August Bank Holiday Sunday, have promised to donate half of the funds.

Jackie Noy, of the East Coast Truckers, said: 'We had a discussion about it at our last meeting and we are prepared to give £1,000 to the fund.

'When we see something like this in the paper and one of our members asks if we can help, we put it to the floor, and everyone agreed.

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'We do look out for special cases in the area, and Oscar could even come onto our database of children we help throughout the year.'

Oscar's grandmother Sadie Wight, 41, said therapy would become a 'real strain' on the family, including his two-year-old sister, Isla.

'There were two options for him then, and one is spending a lot of time doing different techniques and exercises to set things straight, like strengthening his neck muscles,' she said.

'We are not allowed to have him flat and need to keep moving him from side to side, because he will naturally lie on the flat part. It would need to be all day every day, it would be constant, and with his mum having Isla as well it is a challenge. That becomes a real strain.

'It would also take months to do it that way, but if he has his helmet they said sometimes it can right itself as quickly as 12 weeks. We haven't really got the choice of doing nothing at all.

'The doctor at the hospital said this would be the best time to do it, and it is better to do it before he gets much older. That is another reason why it needs to be done early - because kids are cruel and they would say things when he is older.'

To have the helmet fitted, the family will have to go to the London Orthotic Consultancy in Cambridge.

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