Brave Daniel bat­tles back af­ter op­er­a­tion

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By MATTHEW REVILLE matthew.reville@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

A BRAVE young­ster is re­cov­er­ing in Amer­ica af­ter an op­er­a­tion that his fam­ily pray will give him a new lease of life.

Daniel Paice (7), from Hampton Har­gate, suf­fers from cere­bral palsy and is un­able to walk with­out the use of a frame due to weak­ness in his mus­cles.

He had made a 4,000 mile trip to St Louis, Mis­souri, where he un­der­went se­lec­tive dor­sal rhi­zo­tomy surgery on his back on June 1.

The pro­ce­dure could help him walk for the first time with­out the as­sis­tance of his frame.

He trav­elled to the USA with dad Adrian. The pair are liv­ing in a ho­tel and Daniel vis­its the hos­pi­tal ev­ery day for rehabilitation classes.

His mum Jo, who stayed be­hind in Peter­bor­ough with the cou­ple’s other son Adam (10), said: “He has been such a brave lit­tle boy.

“Even when he went to the room for the pro­ce­dure he had the men­tal­ity of, ‘Let’s just get this done.’

“It is a case of one step back­wards that will bring five for­ward, but it could take years be­fore he gets the full ben­e­fits.”

Sep­a­rated by the At­lantic Ocean, the fam­ily have kept in touch via daily two-hour web chats.

Adrian said: “The treat­ment has all gone well but the im­me­di­ate re­sult is al­ways that the child is weaker than be­fore the op­er­a­tion.”

He said af­ter sev­eral weeks of in­ten­sive treat­ment, Daniel would be back to his pre-op lev­els. Af­ter six months, he should have more strength and mo­bil­ity, which will in­crease over the next two years.

Daniel is left tired af­ter each of the rig­or­ous rehabilitation ses­sions but last week­end he and his dad were able to visit the World Aquar­ium in St Louis.

The pair will fly back to Eng­land on July 3.

The pro­ce­dure costs £44,000. Daniel’s fam­ily have dipped into sav­ings and bor­rowed from friends and now want to fundraise to re­pay them. So far, they have col­lected £7,000 in spon­sor­ship. To do­nate visit http:// step­bystep­with­daniel.

RE­COV­ER­ING: Daniel Paice in his hos­pi­tal bed in St Louis, Mis­souri, fol­low­ing his back surgery.

BRAVE: Daniel out­side the hos­pi­tal in St Louis, Mis­souri.

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