Callum takes first steps after his op

Four north east children who are working with Mike Poole to help regain their fitness after undergoing the selective dorsal rhizotomy operation.  Pictured is  Callum Brown from Seaton Sluice who is still waiting for his surgery.
Four north east children who are working with Mike Poole to help regain their fitness after undergoing the selective dorsal rhizotomy operation. Pictured is Callum Brown from Seaton Sluice who is still waiting for his surgery.

A brave youngster has taken his first independent steps thanks to pioneering surgery paid for by the local community.

Three months ago cerebral palsy sufferer eight-year-old Callum Brown, from Seaton Sluice, underwent a selective dorsal rhizotomy operation to help him walk.

And now the youngster has taken his first independent steps, just three months on.

Mum Sharon said: “This is the best thing we’ve ever done, it has already made such a difference to his life.

“He can tap his toes, which he has never been able to do, and he has taken six independent controlled steps.

“Since we came back from America he has never used his wheelchair once – he is very determined.

“It used to be ‘I can’t’ but now it’s ‘I’m going to’.

“A huge thank you again to everyone who donated and made this all possible.”