AN Ashington youngster was due to undergo a life-changing operation this week, thanks to the generosity of well-wishers throughout south east Northumberland.
Cerebral palsy sufferer Archie Anderson jetted out to America on Friday and was due to undergo a four-hour operation on Tuesday.
It is hoped the op the six-year-old is having at St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri, called a selective dorsal rhizotomy, will enable him to walk unaided.
Speaking before the op, mum Marie said: “I am excited about the end result, but I am anxious about the operation.”
The family arrived in America on Friday and Archie was taken for a pre-op assessment on Monday.
Marie added: “I am busy getting a total together for the website, but just want to say, from the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone who has helped and supported us.
“You don’t know how much it means, and I just want to do you all proud for Archie and me.”
The family had originally planned to raise £50,000 to would cover the cost of the operation, but their fundraising efforts have now passed the £80,000 mark.
The extra cash will be used to pay for physiotherapy after Archie returns home to Ashington.