BrAve JAck is on the mend

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

Brave young­ster Jack Rickard is on the road to re­cov­ery af­ter un­der­go­ing ma­jor surgery at Great Or­mond Street Hospi­tal. The seven-year-old from Bar­nack, who suf­fers from cere­bral palsy, un­der­went a four-hour op­er­a­tion called Se­lec­tive Dor­sal Rhi­zo­tomy. The in­ten­tion was to re­move the stiff­ness in Jack’s legs, giv­ing him the best pos­si­ble chance of liv­ing an ac­tive life and stay­ing out of a wheel­chair. Jack’s dad Steve said: “We think they’ve re­duced about 60 per cent of the spas­tic­ity in his legs. He’s mak­ing great progress.” The op­er­a­tion is not cur­rently avail­able on the NHS, so Jack’s par­ents Steve and Shona launched a big fundrais­ing drive to pay for it them­selves. They are now clos­ing in on their £60,000 tar­get. Jack is due to stay in hospi­tal un­til Septem­ber 2 and by then he is ex­pected to be up and walk­ing again. Af­ter re­turn­ing home, he will have around six hours of physio a week for two years. You can follow Jack’s progress at www.face­book.com/Jack­sJour­ney6/.

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