A TODDLER and his family have been left heartbroken after a life-changing operation to help him take his first steps was cancelled for the second time.
Kai Hodgkinson, four, has spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, which means he is unable to walk unaided.
His family, from Fleetwood, has been fundraising for more than a year to raise the £58,000 so that Kai can have a procedure called selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) in St Louis, in Missouri, America, which will help make his dream of walking come true.
The £58,000 total would also pay for a secondary operation if Kai requires it, physio, equipment to assist in the four-year-old’s recovery and a return trip to the USA to allow doctors to check on his progress.
The Hodgkinsons are in desperate need of support and are currently £42,000 short of their target.
Kai’s mum Caron said: “We are desperate for Kai to have this operation and have been doing numerous things to raise money; fun days, collections, people have run marathons, we recently held a boxing event and Kai’s dad, Brian, did a parachute jump despite never being in an aeroplane before, but we still have a long way to go.
“All we want is for our little boy to be able to run around and play with his brothers and sisters. This operation would really change Kai’s life.
“We were heartbroken when we had to cancel the operation again. As parents you will do whatever you can for your children and so it makes it even more difficult that we can’t give him the one thing he so desperately needs.”
The family’s fundraising is being supported by Caudwell Children.
Trudi Beswick, Caudwell Children CEO, said: “Over the last two years we have helped over 30 families like the Hodgkinsons with fundraising to get this truly life-changing treatment.”