When he was just two-years-old, Garin Morgan was told he would never be able to walk after being diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
But after a life changing operation, and months of gruelling physiotherapy- he’s now exceeding everybody’s expectations.
As a baby, Garin was just like any other child of his age, but as he grew older his parents began to worry about his development.
These concerns led to his parents Ashley and Adele seeking medical help, and when Garin was just two-year-old, he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
Cerebral palsy is caused by a problem in the parts of the brain responsible for controlling muscles.
The condition can occur if the brain develops abnormally, or is damaged during, or shortly after birth.
Symptoms include muscle stiffness, muscle weakness and balance co-ordination problems.
A glimmer of hope lay in a groundbreaking operation pioneered in America, but not currently available on the NHS in Wales.
Selective dorsal rhizotomy is an operation used to improve spasticity in the muscles of children with cerebral palsy and involves cutting nerves in the lower spine that are responsible for muscle rigidity.
With the operation available at Bristol Children’s Hospital, Garin’s family began the daunting task of raising more than £60,000.
The surgery was a success, and after two-years of physiotherapy, Garin can not only only walk confidently, but can hop, skip, jump and kick a football.
Another family who have benefited from SDR, are the Hurrell’s from Penylan, Cardiff.
11-year-old Imogen Hurrell, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was eight-months-old.
After undergoing Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy in America, Imogen's mobility has greatly improved.
Imogen’s Mum Sue, is now a trustee of Support4SDR Wales, a charity established to provide support and advice to families who are considering or whose children have undergone SDR surgery.
The charity also works to ensure children in Wales have access on the NHS to both the surgery and necessary aftercare through discussions with government organisations and by raising awareness of the surgery.
You can watch the full story on Wales This Week, tonight at 8.00pm on ITV Cymru Wales