Brave Daniel battles back after operation
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.