A UTTOXETER mum has launched a campaign to raise £65,000 for vital surgery that may save her son from life in a wheelchair.
Kyreigh O’Regan, five, suffers from cerebral palsy and needs an operation to eliminate faulty nerves.
But cuts in NHS funding mean the Picknalls pupil is unlikely to be able to have the SDR operation in the UK.
So mum Sasha O’Regan is calling on the people of Uttoxeter to support her drive to raise enough money for Kyreigh to have the surgery in the United States.
Kyreigh suffers from constant muscle cramps and spasms, leaving him unable to walk unaided.
He needs a wheelchair when travelling any significant distance.
And he has to perform daily physio exercises before school every day to strengthen his muscles.
Miss O’Regan said: “It breaks my heart to see Kyreigh unable to do the things most children his age take for granted.
“He can’t dress himself or go to the toilet on his own, let alone go out and play with his big sister and other children.
“He dreams of doing things like playing for the school football team.
“And it’s getting harder and harder for him the older he gets.
“He’s really intelligent and recognises he’s not able to do the same things as his friends.
“I just want him to have the same opportunities as everyone else.
“But, without the operation, he could well face life in a wheelchair as the condition deteriorates.
“NHS cuts mean the criteria to get on the list for the SDR operation in the UK is very stringent and we could be fighting for years to get it done here completely in vain.
“The success rate in the US is much higher and the results are far better.”
Miss O’Regan is arranging fund-raising events to bolster her total and donations can be made online at justgiving.com/KYREIGHSKAUSE.