Children 'miss out' on surgery

Parents of Welsh youngsters with cerebral palsy say their children are being denied a potentially life-changing operation.

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Wales This Week, One Small Step

by Wales This Week

Parents of children with Cerebral Palsy in Wales say that their youngsters are missing out on potentially life-changing surgery. The pioneering operation called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy, or SDR, is available on the NHS in England but is not funded here in Wales.

Chase Vaughan, is a happy and playful seven year old girl but the nerves in her legs are over active, because she has Cerebral Palsy. It causes severe tightness in her muscles, known as spasticity, so she wears leg braces and after just a few minutes playing she becomes exhausted and frustrated.

As she gets older her condition is deteriorating.

Her mum, Helen says:

“She’s finding it tough. She’s starting to get pain in her legs which she didn’t have before. My concern is obviously it’s just going to get progressively worse and she could end up in a wheelchair."

Helen is convinced that the SDR operation would improve Chase's life and in order to pay for the operation and intensive physiotherapy afterwards, Chase’s family have been trying to raise forty thousand pounds.

Tonight, Wales This Week talks to Helen, and her daughter about their battle to offer Chase the operation which could change her life.

Wales This Week is on Mondays at 8 on ITV Cymru Wales

Calls for Welsh NHS to provide SDR cerebral palsy operation

A seven year old girl from Monmouth is learning to walk again after having an operation to relieve the symptoms of cerebral palsy.

Chase Vaughan underwent the procedure known as SDR at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol.

Her family had to raise £40,000 to pay for it, as it's not available on the NHS in Wales.

Richard Morgan reports.

On Monday, we'll be looking at why the SDR treatment isn't available in Wales.

You see more on Chase's story on Wales This Week tomorrow night at 8pm on ITV.

Wales This Week, One Small Step

by Wales This Week

Health services in Wales have hit the headlines with a string of allegations about the quality of care - but what about the quantity of care available? Parents of Welsh children with Cerebral Palsy say that their children are missing out on an operation that could transform their lives.

Wales This Week follows seven year old, Chase Vaughan, as she fights for the operation that could potentially change her life.

Wales this Week, Monday at 8 on ITV Cymru Wales.

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