AMERICAN surgeons have delayed an operation that promises to change the life of brave Sheffield boy Ollie Saxton.
Ollie, aged three, from Intake, flew to Missouri on Sunday with his parents Rachel and Russell, to undergo a procedure they hope will help him walk for the first time.
Ollie, who has cerebral palsy, was due to go into theatre on Tuesday, but surgeons decided to delay the procedure until tomorrow after Ollie fell ill with chest and ear infections.
The family raised £42,000 for the operation with the help of readers of The Star.
Rachel, 33, speaking from St Louis, said: “Ollie got ill on the flight and we were struggling to keep his temperature down.
“He is on super-strong antibiotics and is a bit better, so we hope he will be able to have the operation on Friday.”
The operation, scheduled to take four hours, involves cutting nerves in Ollie’s spine.