Sheffield family launch wheelchair fund appeal for 'miracle baby' Kellen

Kellen Buckler with his mum Ganelle Griffiths and sister Alicia Buckler at home in Woodseats. The family are trying to raise money for a specialist wheelchair. Picture: Dean Atkins.
Kellen Buckler with his mum Ganelle Griffiths and sister Alicia Buckler at home in Woodseats. The family are trying to raise money for a specialist wheelchair. Picture: Dean Atkins.
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Devoted Sheffield mum Ganelle Griffiths has launched a campaign to help pay for a specialist wheelchair for her 'miracle baby' who was given just an hour to live after arriving 17 weeks early.

Ganelle, of Woodseats, suddenly went into labour after just 23 weeks and gave birth to baby Kellen Buckler in October 2016.

Kellen Buckler. Picture: Dean Atkins.

Kellen Buckler. Picture: Dean Atkins.

Eighteen months on, the little fighter suffers from global developmental delay, lung disease and is blind in one eye and short-sighed in the other.

His condition means he is unable to crawl or walk and also requires oxygen 24 hours a day.

His family is now hoping to raise £6,000 for a Tiny Trax wheelchair, which would allow him a level of independence.

Nelly, 32, said: "He tried one of the wheelchairs out at one of his physiotherapy sessions and he had hold of the joystick and he was just off.

"The smile on his face was amazing so it would be amazing if he had his own."

Kellen lives at home with mum Ganelle, older brother Rio, 13, and nine-year-old sister Alicia.

For more information on the appeal or to donate visit www.gofundme.com/tiny-trax-for-kellen

Ganelle said: "Kellen is definitely a little fighter and has overcome so many obstacles. He is under a lot of teams at the hospital to help him a grown and develop at the minute.

"He has regular physio sessions to help with his physical development. At present Kellen can only roll and is not yet sitting, crawling or walking. He relies on us to move him around so he can explore his environment."

The Tiny Trax wheelchairs are controlled by a joystick and are tailored-made to each child.

Ganelle added: "It would mean the world to Kellen if we could get him one. It would mean that he can gain a bit of independence and he can explore himself and would give him that bit of freedom he needs.

"But they come with a hefty price tag of £6,000 so any help that anybody can give would be greatly appreciated."