Fresh hope for Nolan

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - BET­TINA WARBURTON

THE fam­ily of the boy who has stolen the hearts of the city, Nolan Rooms, is hop­ing to raise $ 15,000 to send him to Cyprus to un­dergo cut­tingedge treat­ment to en­hance his qual­ity of life.

Par­ents Chris­tian and Ni­cole Rooms say they have a sim­ple but heart­felt wish for their el­dest son.

“We want him to have the best life he can,” Mr Rooms said. “We want him to one day walk, to one day have a fam­ily of his own.”

Nolan, 6, was born at just 26 weeks’ ges­ta­tion, weigh­ing in at only 916g. His brain suf­fered from oxy­gen star­va­tion, which re­sulted in a long- term di­ag­no­sis of spas­tic quad­ri­plegic cere­bral palsy.

Mr Rooms said the fam­ily wanted to travel to Cyprus next April to al­low Nolan to par­take in a four- week ozone ther­apy in com­bi­na­tion with spe­cialised UV and mag­netic ther­apy plus daily per­sonal train­ing to stim­u­late his oxy­gen me­tab­o­lism and build new path­ways in his brain.

“In Oc­to­ber last year, Nolan un­der­went a stem cell trans­fer to hope­fully fill the gaps in his brain that oc­curred af­ter he suf­fered from oxy­gen star­va­tion,” Mr Rooms said. “We want to give Nolan the best chance at liv­ing the best life he can and an in­de­pen­dent life.”

Mr and Mrs Rooms, who are also par­ents to Sa­muel, 2, and Caiden, 3, have en­gaged Nolan in reg­u­lar ther­apy since he was a year old.

“He has come a long way be­cause of the in­ten­sive ther­apy,” Mr Rooms said. “Be­cause of the ther­apy, Nolan can talk, eat and drink with help. Nolan can also roll over and sit him­self up for a cou­ple of min­utes.”

Nolan has just re­ceived his first elec­tric wheel­chair and is learn­ing how to drive it.

Mr Rooms said he and his wife were “over­whelmed” by the sup­port the com­mu­nity and lo­cal busi­nesses had given the fam­ily over the years.

“We feel very lucky to live in such a gen­er­ous city,” he said. “Nolan’s life has been en­riched so very much by the sup­port we have re­ceived and it is some­thing we are eter­nally grate­ful for.”

To help the Rooms fam­ily get Nolan to Cyprus, go to face­book.com/nolan­will­walk

Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

FAM­ILY TIME: Chris­tian and Ni­cole Rooms with their chil­dren Sa­muel, Caiden and Nolan.

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