Splashing around in puddles with your favourite wellies on is a happy memory for many of us.
And this certainly includes young Wilson Sweeney from Halifax. The adorable two-year-old suffers from cerebral palsy, which impacts the way he uses all four of his limbs.
However, the determined toddler didn’t let this stop him from having some fun splish-sploshing around in a satisfyingly large puddle.
With a bit of help from his loving mummy, little Wilson was able to splash about in a puddle for the very first time. And his peals of joyous laughter are seriously infectious.
Wilson experiences problems with muscle control, balance and coordination. He also has spasticity in his hips, which causes rigidity in his legs. Therefore, tasks such as crawling, cruising and sitting are very challenging.
Writing online, Wilson’s proud family expressed the importance of this milestone:
Wilson never splashed in a puddle until today. Something so simple and something that every toddler loves to do. Wilson is no exception, he had the best time.
The toddler was diagnosed with Panton-Valentine leukocidin (PVL) when he was just 13 months old. This led to a further diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy.
Wilson’s family are now looking to raise £100,000 for Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) surgery which may could allow him to one day walk unaided.
SDR is not currently available on the NHS and so the family have applied to internationally renowned paediatric neurosurgeon Dr T.S. Park of Missouri’s St Louis Children’s Hospital.
Funds raised will hopefully cover the surgery and aftercare as well as physiotherapy and any necessary specialist equipment.
Writing on the WillingWilson JustGiving page, his family wrote:
He is not yet able to sit, crawl, stand or walk independently, but he is so determined and tries so hard, Wilsons big sister is just under 1 year older than him and he is always watching her and wanting to do everything that she can!
Our wish is that Wilson will be free from the pain that the spasticity causes and one day be able to sit up on his own, walk and maybe even run alongside Ava playing just as a child should be able to. We just want him to have the chance to do the things we all take for granted.
So far, the family have raised over £8,000, from caring donors who have been moved by Wilson’s bravery.
— Just4Children (@just4_children) July 27, 2018
So many of us take our ability to use our limbs for granted, and the happiness this young boy takes from such a simple, innocent moment should be a lesson to us all.
You can donate towards Wilson’s SDR surgery here.
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.