Fam­ily’s ap­peal to raise funds for son’s op­er­a­tion

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY ROSA DO­HERTY

WHEN ASHER Car­roll was di­ag­nosed with cere­bral palsy caused by a stroke suf­fered be­fore he was born, his par­ents were forced to face the re­al­ity that he might never walk with­out sup­port.

But they never gave up hope, and have now launched an ap­peal to raise £70,000 to take four-year-old Asher to the United States to have an op­er­a­tion that could help him walk unaided.

Asher, from Brighton, can­not cur­rently walk or stand with­out sup­port, and par­ents Kate Blok and An­drew Car­roll said with­out surgery his con­di­tion would de­te­ri­o­rate as he gets older.

Ms Blok said: “Asher and his five-year-old sis­ter Ariella are des­per­ate to run around to­gether. We have a chance to give him a brighter fu­ture.”

The surgery he needs is called Se­lec­tive Dor­sal Rhi­zo­tomy (SDR).

Ms Blok ex­plained: “SDR will help him in so many ways: re­duce

Asher Car­roll his pain, re­duce the fre­quency of fu­ture surg­eries, im­prove his speech, his bal­ance, his abil­ity to sit, to stand, and to write and it will give him that cher­ished chance of walk­ing in­de­pen­dently.”

Asher would have to wait an­other 18 months be­fore an op­er­a­tion could take place in Eng­land. The pro­ce­dure is not rou­tinely funded by the NHS, so his par­ents have to pay about £30,000.

Ms Blok said: “If he waits that long, his con­di­tion will de­te­ri­o­rate and he risks per­ma­nent de­for­mi­ties.”

Camp Sim­cha is as­sist­ing Asher’s fam­ily with the fundrais­ing cam­paign, which has al­ready raised £26,000, but the fam­ily needs to reach £40,000 by Fe­bru­ary.

Camp Sim­cha chief ex­ec­u­tive Neville Gold­schnei­der said: “Our team will be there for Asher and his fam­ily, with what­ever prac­ti­cal and emo­tional sup­port they need, through­out his stay in hos­pi­tal and the im­me­di­ate pe­riod af­ter.”

PHOTO: DAME VERA LYNN CHIL­DREN’S CHAR­ITY

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