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Four-year-old boy with cerebral palsy denied 'life-changing' surgery by NHS

Lee is fundraising for Frankie to have surgery in America. Credit: ITV Central

A father from Leicestershire says he's heartbroken that his 4-year-old son, who has cerebral palsy, has been denied a procedure on the NHS.

Frankie Palmer can't walk, sit up, or even crawl.

His dad, Lee, who lives in Burbage, was hoping his son could have a surgery known as SDR - selective dorsal rhizotomy.

He believes Frankie's life could be transformed by the treatment. He says it could help him walk and, more importantly, make him more comfortable.

But Frankie was denied the surgery.

The NHS funds selective dorsal rhizotomy for children and young people with cerebral palsy over the age of three where they and their doctors consider it to be advantageous.

As with all complex surgery, the risks and benefits needs to be carefully considered before going ahead and it will not be the right treatment option for everyone.

– NHS England spokesperson

Frankie's family say it is possible to have the surgery in America.

But it comes at a cost of £90,000.

For Lee, it would be dream come true to see Frankie take his first few steps.

He's now fundraising to make that dream a reality.