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