Family fundraising for another US op

Sharon and Callum Brown'Picture by Jane Coltman
Sharon and Callum Brown'Picture by Jane Coltman

Fundraising has begun once more for a brave youngster from the county who has already endured four major operations.

In 2013 the community helped raise £75,000 to send ten-year-old Callum Brown, from Seaton Sluice, to America for life changing surgery.

The operation will mean that Callum can walk without pain and blisters and his feet pronating it will stop him hopefully having to have bone surgery on his feet in later life

Sharon Brown

Callum, who suffers from cerebral palsy, travelled to St Louis Children’s Hospital for selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery in the hope he would be able to walk independently for the first time.

The operation was a success, but as Callum grows he now faces another operation to lengthen his heel cords - or he will be back to using his wheelchair.

Mum Sharon said: “Callum has already been through so much in his ten years, but unfortunately he needs another operation.

“He has made amazing progress and can walk short distances independently, however as he is growing and getting taller he is getting lots of problems with his feet which are causing him pain and discomfort and will eventually lead him to go back into his wheelchair if we don’t go back to get his heel cords lengthened.

“The operation will make his feet finally flat in the floor and help him walk with a heel strike rather than in his toes and will stop all the pain and blistering.

“The operation will mean that Callum can walk without pain and blisters and his feet pronating it will stop him hopefully having to have bone surgery on his feet in later life.”

The family is now looking to raise £12,000 to be able to send Callum back to America for the operation, and is calling on anyone who would like to arrange an event to get in touch.

Sharon added: “The operation itself is around £10,000 and we would need flights as well.

“Hopefully we will only be seven to ten days if the NHS support us on our return.

“He has come so far we just need to get this final hurdle to give him the chance to be like his friends and be pain free.”

A fundraising event is being held on Saturday, July 11, at Blyth Spartans’ club house.

Hosted by Mark Carruthers, tickets are priced at £5 each and are available from the club house or by calling Sharon on 07714 328703.

To donate to the cause, visit www.justgiving.com/callumsfootprints