Joy as Corin told he can have crucial op in Bristol
A YATE youngster facing a long trip to America for surgery to help him walk has been told he can have the operation in Bristol.
Corin Potts, who has cerebral palsy, will be able to have the life-changing surgery at Frenchay Hospital within a couple of months to ease the tightening of muscles and pain he suffers as a result of the condition.
More than £35,000 has been raised by friends, family and well-wishers to pay for the selective dorsal rhizotomy operation.
And following his assessment at Frenchay the four-year-old's family has been told that they will be able to stay locally for the procedure rather than flying out to the United States for surgery. They are now awaiting the official letter to confirm Corin's surgery at the hospital.
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The youngster was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was 18 months old when a scan showed scar tissue on both sides of his brain.
He cannot walk unaided so relies on a walking frame or wheelchair to get around.
But the procedure, which involves cutting some of the nerves in the spinal cord to overcome the tightening of muscles children with cerebral palsy suffer, should ease the pains he suffers and give him the chance to walk on his own.
Fundraising events have been held by Corin's parents James Potts and Faye Weeks, their family and friends, to give the youngster the best chance of having surgery.
And even burglars breaking into Shireway Community Centre in Yate and stealing money raised through a treasure hunt will not be able to stop the youngster having the surgery.
Mr Potts, said: "If Corin had not been able to have surgery at Frenchay and we had to go to America I would have had to take two months off work and we would have had to move out there for two months, paying bills there and here. With flights and everything else it would have been massively expensive."
Equipment has already been bought to help Corin build up his strength ahead of the surgery
Mr Potts said: "Corin doesn't get a lot of sleep because of his general aches and pains, which wake him up. If the operation helps that we will be happy. Anything more than that will be a bonus.
"We are going to take it step by step and little bit by little bit and if he does end up walking at the end of it that will be amazing.
"The support we have had has been amazing and we never expected this at all. When he starts walking, if he does, it will not just be for me and Faye and close family, it will be for everyone who has given 20p or £20."