Louie's dream of magic legs to match sister Ava's
When Emma Elbourne and her husband Phil discovered they were having twins they were shocked and then delighted. But after Emma went into labour nine weeks early, they received the devastating news from the neonatal paediatrician that routine ultrasound scans had revealed that both Ava and Louie had developed cysts in their brains, which the doctor told them would most likely lead to cerebral palsy, a diagnosis which tests later confirmed.
Despite all their problems Ava and Louie are now three and last August, they were both referred for assessment for an operation called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) on the NHS. The family received mixed news, Ava was accepted through the NHS to have this pioneering surgery in January 2016. However, unfortunately Louie was declined as he didn't meet the NHS Criteria.
Since then, Emma and Phil are desperately raising funds to take Louie to the US for the treatment.