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Schoolboy Faces Pioneering Operation to Help Him Walk

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6:01am 4th February 2013

A St Austell schoolboy is hoping a breakthrough operation will mean he can ditch his wheelchair.

Seven year old Daniel Farlow has cerebral palsy and has to rely on the chair when he gets tired.

Now he is set to have a pioneering operation to loosen muscles in his legs so he does not have to use it permanently.

It could mean he will end up being able to run and play football like his mates.

Daniel told Pirate FM: "All I really want to know is how long I stay up there and how long I miss school.

"I get left behind. It just feels like I've been running for ages and I need to sit down.

"Sometimes it can be a little bit not very good because my legs might get a little achey and I have to sit down when we're playing 'It' or something."

He is only the second child in Cornwall to have the new treatment.

However, although the operation is paid for there is now a battle to raise money for the physiotherapy that will get the schoolboy back on his feet again.

He will need treatment to recover for more than a year once the surgery is over.

Dad Thomas said: "Because it's so new nobody really knows what to expect, so we just need to know that we've got a physio in place for after the operation so he can speedily recover."

You can hear more of Daniel's story here...

A fun day is being held to help raise money at Trewoon Village Hall on Feb 22nd from 12.30pm - 4pm. It will include magic, face painting, stalls and refreshments.

6:01am 4th February 2013

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