A BRAVE six-year-old is on the road to recovery after undergoing a life-altering operation.
Archie Anderson underwent a three-and-a-half hour operation on Tuesday last week in the hope that it will enable him to stay on his feet for longer.
The Ashington youngster, a cerebral palsy sufferer, is now recovering in St Louis in Missouri after undergoing a selective dorsal rhizotomy to strengthen his legs at the city’s children’s hospital.
The £50,000 bill for the operation was paid for by donations from well-wishers across the region, including £10,000 from staff at Lynemouth’s Rio Tinto Alcan smelter.
His mum Marie told the News Post Leader: “Archie has started his physiotherapy programme and was discharged from hospital on Sunday but will continue having daily physio at the hospital with the therapists.
“He is due to have tendon lengthening on Tuesday on his hamstrings and heel chords, followed by physio again.
“Archie is still in a lot of pain in his back, but his doctor has reassured us today that this should improve over the next few days.
“It is really nice being over here with so many other families from the UK as it has been really good to talk to each other and see children a few days ahead of Archie and see how well they are recovering.
“We have had some lovely messages of support sent to the hospital for Archie, and it is just so comforting to know so many people are thinking of Archie and sending him best wishes.
“Archie has sat by himself at the therapy table, and he stood up to play dominoes.
“He is still really scared of moving and rollling and getting in and out of his chair, so I am hoping it is going to be better and he’s more relaxed.
“Archie is doing fantastic and I am really proud of him and how brave he is.
“Thank you to everyone on Facebook for all the lovely messages, and for the e-mails we’ve been receiving. I have been reading them to Archie.”
The family will return to the UK on Saturday, July 14, and it is hoped Archie will be well enough to go back to St Aidan’s RC First School in Ashington in September.