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Get George to America!


By Vikki, Jamie and George Balding This is seven year old George Balding of Mayland, Essex. He was born 5 weeks prematurely at St John’s Hospital, weighing in at just 3lb 2oz. At some stage during pregnancy or the birth George suffered from damage to his brain and at 15 months George was diagnosed with a form of Cerebral Palsy called Hemiplegia, which mainly affects his right side of his body and speech. Everyday activities are difficult due to the tightness and stiffness in his muscles. George is able to walk short distances but tires very easily and uses his buggy most of the time. Since receiving the diagnosis we looked into all the available treatments, and this is when we found out about Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy which is currently performed by Dr T S Parks at the St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri. We applied to Dr Parks to see if George is a suitable candidate and within a few weeks we received the exciting news that George is suitable and that he had been accepted to have the SDR surgery in February 2012. The operation, Flights accommodation and intense physiotherapy whilst in the US and upon return to the UK will cost in excess of £45,000. As soon as George was accepted, the fundraising began, we held a Coffee morning, Quiz Night, Charity meal and Disco, Sponsored Walk, Boot sales and have a lot of events still to come which include a Sky dive with 17 people taking part, a London to Brighton Bike ride and the Mucky Race at Colchester in November. We still have a long way to go but will do whatever it takes to raise the funds as this operation could potentially change George’s life forever and enable him to do all the simple tasks that we take for granted every day and we can say goodbye to his buggy and wheelchair forever! If you would like to know more about George’s fundraising and progress please visit our website, we also have a Facebook page where you can follow our progress Georges SDR Page. Thank you in advance for your interest and support. Vikki, Jamie and George Balding.


Christmas 2011 The Face of Chelmsford Magazine  
Christmas 2011 The Face of Chelmsford Magazine  

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