At the age of 11, Milton Keynes schoolboy Sean Chigumba has just one wish – to be able to walk.
His family have teamed up with a national children’s charity in a bid to make the dream come true.
They need to raise £80,000 for determined Sean, who has cerebral palsy, to have an operation that is not available on the NHS.
The neurosurgical procedure, called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy, reduces tight muscle tone in the lower limbs.
It would enable the Brooklands Farm Primary pupil not only to walk independently, but to kick a ball, ride a bike, and run with his friends.
“It is his dream to do this. We need to get Sean’s legs working,” said a spokesman for Just4Children charity.
They have set up a JustGiving page in a bid to raise the £80,000, which would also cover up to 18 months of intensive physiotherapy treatments after the surgery.
Sean, who lives in Broughton with mum Carole and dad Zviko, was diagnosed with Spasctic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy when he was two years old.
His condition is called spastic diplegia, which means he has increased muscle tone in his legs.
This causes stiffness and leaves him unable to stand or walk independently, say Just4Children.
“In spite of his disability he is a happy and positive boy who is loved by everyone.
“His dream is to be able to live a normal life where he can do simple things without falling down because of his poor balance,” said the spokesman.
Donate to Sean’s fund via https://just4children.org/children-helped2018/seans-wish-to-walk