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US Operation for Little Jacob

Port Talbot boy off for op in America

A Port Talbot two-year-old will soon head off to America for a life changing operation.

Jacob Phillips was diagnosed with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy last year - which affects his mobility - meaning he can't stand or walk independently.

His family have been fundraising to pay for the op and on-going physio - helped by our Cash for Kids appeal.

Although Jacob’s diagnosis is that he has mild SDCP and  the damage that has occurred will not get any worse, his mobility is unlikely to get any better without intensive physiotherapy and significant medical support.

If this does not occur then the likelihood of Jacob requiring orthotic surgery in future years becomes increasingly higher. His family hope that by Jacob undergoing an operation called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) they can substantially reduce that risk.

He will travel to the US for a potentially life changing operation at St Louis's Children's Hospital in May.

The younger Jacob is having the operation, the less likely it will be that he will endure painful muscle contractures which would require painful surgery to correct.  

Jacob's parents have spent the past few months fundraising to get Jacob to St Louis.

Last week they hit their target of £70,000. They money will be used to cover the cost of the operation, transport, accommodation, a compulsory return post op visit approximately four months later and on-going intensive physiotherapy for approximately 18-24 months post-op at a cost of about £800 per month. 

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