Doncaster tot recovering in USA after op to help him walk

William Moreland in St Louis Children's Hospital.
William Moreland in St Louis Children's Hospital.
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A Doncaster youngster has undergone a life-changing operation which will hopefully allow him to take his very first steps.

William Moreland, four, was recovering in hospital in the United States following surgery on Tuesday after a massive fundraising drive to carry out the procedure.

Big-hearted well-wishers raised more than £70,000 to send the Balby youngster to St Louis for the surgery, called selective dorsal rhizotomy which will allow him to walk for the first time.

At the moment he is unable to walk or care for himself and has to use a wheelchair after being born with cerebral palsy quadriplegia and periventricular leukomalacia.

Prior to the op, mum Michelle Gale said: “The doctors gave good predictions for his future but it will mean further intense work and physio after this operation so I hope everyone will support William along his journey.

“You have all felt like family and been a great comfort to us while we have been in the USA knowing you are all sending your prayers for William.”

The William’s Wish 2 Walk campaign has drawn in funds from all over the country with supporters undertaking a series of challenges and events to help raise the cash for the Balby Central Primary School pupil.

Michelle originally set an appeal target of £70,000 to fund the op but has now extended the total to £100,000 to help pay for William’s rehabilitation in the months after his operation.