Gran's drive to send tots to US for treatment

By esther hayden

Published 07/07/2015 | 00:00

A Wexford grandmother is doing her bit to raise €120,000 to send her grandsons to America for life-changing treatment.

Noeleen Ennis Hickey from Rosslare said toddlers Michael and Ned both suffer from Cerebral Palsy and the treatment in America would give a chance of an independent future and may even allow them to walk unaided.

Noeleen said Michael has Spastic Quadriplegia and is learning to walk at the moment. He's been offered a place at a hospital in St Louis, Missouri, where he can undergo a spinal procedure that could allow him to walk unaided and reduce the pain in his legs.

The procedure, Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy, involves cutting nerve fibers in the spinal cord so the muscles identified as causing spasticity are left inactive.

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