Nurs­ery kids rally to help wee pal James

He gets su­per­trike

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

A Cam­bus­lang young­ster who can’t walk un­aided is en­joy­ing the free­dom to play thanks to his pals at nurs­ery.

James O’Brien has a com­plex mo­tor dis­or­der which means he’s un­able to stand, sit or walk with­out help.

The four- year- old at­tends Cathkin Com­mu­nity Nurs­ery. Staff there de­cided the pro­ceeds from their re­cent sports day would go to­wards get­ting James a spe­cialised trike that would help him move around.

The nurs­ery’s ef­forts pulled in a tremen­dous £2217.40 – and the trike should ben­e­fit James for years to come.

His de­lighted mum Karen said: “We were just over­whelmed at the gen­eros­ity. The trike is al­ready mak­ing a dif­fer­ence and it should do so for years.

“The physio has agreed it’ll help him de­velop his mus­cles and his co­or­di­na­tion but it will also give him that in­de­pen­dence to play along­side his friends.

“He’s al­ready a very so­cia­ble boy and has a great qual­ity of life – he does art and drama classes and goes swimming.”

An ac­ci­dent at James’ birth re­sulted in him suf­fer­ing a spinal in­jury that caused the con­di­tion. He has phys­i­cal ther­apy in an at­tempt to build up his strength.

Karen said: “He’s had a lot of ex­am­i­na­tions but be­cause it was caused by ac­ci­dent – it’s a fairly unique con­di­tion – they can’t pre­dict’s what he’s ca­pa­ble of.

“There’s no set pat­tern – he gets a lot of phys­i­cal ther­apy and oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy and he has daily ex­er­cises as well as go­ing to Yorkhill Hos­pi­tal.

“There’s no op­er­a­tion suit­able for James at the mo­ment, although you never know about the fu­ture.

“At the mo­ment it’s just about try­ing the var­i­ous ther­a­pies to try to build the strength and co-or­di­na­tion in his legs.”

In a let­ter sent to the nurs­ery thank­ing them for their help, Karen and dad Jim thanked all the staff, fam­ily, friends and par­ents at the nurs­ery who spon­sored

There is no op­er­a­tion suit­able for James at the mo­ment

the young­sters. They also gave a spe­cial thank you to John Paul from Mackie Phar­macy who do­nated £500 to the cause.

Marie O’Hare, head of Cathkin Com­mu­nity Nurs­ery, said: “This was very per­sonal to James and his fam­ily as it was his friends from nurs­ery and their fam­i­lies who reached in to their pock­ets to raise a fan­tas­tic sum of £2217.40.

“We are proud of our chil­dren, their fam­i­lies and very proud of James as he is be­com­ing very pro­fi­cient in his cy­cling skills. Well done James”.

Happy fam­ily James O’ Brien and par­ents Jim and Karen who are de­lighted with his spe­cial trike

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