Life Changing Spinal Surgery Allows Young Boy With Cerebral Palsy to Walk
Beau Brown, a six-year-old boy from Great Britain made the long trek to St. Louis, Missouri to participate in a ground-breaking spinal operation. Suffering from cerebral palsy, Beau was unable to walk for the first six years of his life.
Dorsal rhizotomy for cerebral palsy patients
The operation is called selective dorsal rhizotomy. It involves cutting the nerves in the spinal cord, which cause the spasticity in the muscles.
Two weeks after the initial spinal surgery, Beau had to have further surgery to lengthen his hamstrings and heel cords. Beau was able to afford the procedure thanks to a fundraising campaign run by his community to raise the 60,000 pounds, or $96,666 US dollars needed.
After recovering for two weeks in America, Beau went back to his home in Weybridge, located in the United Kingdom, and has been undergoing five hours of physiotherapy a week.
Truly amazing results for child
The results have been life-changing for Beau who wants to play soccer and become a police detective. Since the operation, Beau has been able to start walking using tripod crutches. He is working to relearn the process of walking to strengthen his muscles since many of them have never been used before and are very weak.
Physicians are hopeful this type of surgery will help other cerebral palsy patients in the future.