A youngster who has defied the odds is gearing up for his biggest fight – raising £70,000 for an operation to help him walk.
William Moreland, who is four years old in April, has fought a string of battles to stay alive, desperately needs the cash to fund treatment in the USA which will help him take his first steps.
And his mum Michelle Gale, of Balby, is spearheading the fight for her son to help him realise his dream. She said: “For him even to be here is remarkable. He has fought every moment of his life. The only real chance he has of being able to walk is this operation. It would transform his life.”
The youngster suffers from spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy which means he cannot walk, cannot care for himself and has to use a wheelchair.
He has already overcome a number of hurdles, beginning in the womb.
At just five weeks gestation, medics found William was one of fraternal twins but the other baby had not survived. Michelle underwent an emergency procedure to enable the pregnancy to continue.
William was born three months prematurely weighing just 2lb 2oz after Michelle collapsed at home with septicaemia and had to be induced.
After suffering a brain haemorrhage during delivery, he was in intensive care for three months, undergoing blood transfusions, numerous tests and given medications to keep him alive.
Said Michelle, 43, of Newbolt Road: “William fought against all the odds and has defied all the predictions of not making it, to becoming the bright, loving, chatty little boy that he is today.”
The Balby Central Primary pupil has been accepted as a suitable candidate for an operation in St Louis, Missouri. The surgery is not available on the NHS which means Michelle, who has two older daughters, is now organising a fundraising drive to bring in the cash William desperately needs.
Michelle, has also suffered severe health problems and was forced to quit her job as a dental nurse last year through stress. A website has been set up where people can donate –visit www.williamswish2walk.weebly.com