A four-year-old boy from Sutton Bridge with severe cerebral palsy is within days of an operation that could help him take his first steps.
Over the past few months Joshua Holmes, who has been unable to walk because of stiffness in his legs, has been having intensive physiotherapy and hydrotherapy to build up his strength.
Mum Aimee said: “For the fourth time this year, I will be holding my baby as he’s being put to sleep and then have the long wait while the surgeon works his magic.
“Joshua is oblivious to it all and I guess that’s a blessing. I do all the worrying for both of us.
“No doubt my boy will be as brave as ever and do me proud.”
Joshua and his family will travel to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham on Friday for the pioneering operation.
Aimee said: “Without this operation, Joshua faces the possibility of many future operations on his feet, legs and hips.
“We all hate to see Joshua in pain from his spasms and the discomfort that the stiffness in his legs causes.
“It is hoped the operation will not only mean he is free from a lot of pain, but with the right therapy he will be able to use his walking frame, because right now his legs are too stiff to be able to learn to take a step.”
After the operation, Aimee said the real physical hard work will start – lots of physiotherapy, stretches and keeping him moving to get the best possible outcome from the surgery.
She said: “It’s going to be a massive learning curve for me, and those who work with Joshua, as his physical needs are going to change.
“Even Joshua’s NHS physiotherapist doesn’t have much experience with SDR children.
“Joshua has already been to a physiotherapy centre in Bedfordshire for an assessment and we are looking at him having an intensive course there after the operation.
“There will also be quite a lot of physiotherapy I will be doing with him at home.
“It’s going to be a long and hard journey, one that I’m praying will be worth it and we can see Joshua in less pain, a future with greater chance of avoiding orthopaedic surgery and last, but not least, the possibility of getting him walking in his walker.”
In May, the Lincolnshire Free Press launched an appeal to raise money towards the £20,000 cost of the treatment.
Aimee, who last year received help to fund a playhouse, said: “Every little helps – we are so grateful to the people who have given.”
To support the fund, visit www.justgiving.com/joshua -holmes. Follow Joshua at Joshua’s SDR Journey on Facebook.