A TEENAGER with cerebral palsy is about to undergo life-changing treatment using brand new technology funded by the Tree of Hope Children’s Charity.
Callum Lock, from Hampden Park, and his twin brother Joel were born 12 weeks premature and at just four days old Callum suffered a stroke which led to brain damage and caused cerebral palsy and severe autism.
The 14-year-old’s cerebral palsy has caused hemiplegia on the right side of his body which has become progressively worse over recent years and causes his hand and arm to stiffen and lose function.
Mum Loretta said, “His hand is curling up and the fingers on his right hand are useless at the moment. He is 14 now and he needs to gain his independence. He needs to be able to wash himself and cook his own food. He is a very enthusiastic boy and likes cookery.”
With no occupational therapy provided for Callum on the NHS, Loretta started to research different treatments and came across and the Arm Tutor and the Hand Tutor – both brand new products created at the cutting edge of technology.
The £3,000 worth of equipment, which has been paid for by Tree of Hope, is being shipped from Israel to the Lock family and Callum will be given guidance via the internet on Skype by the Israeli consultants.
This will be the first time the system is used in the UK and it is hoped it will improve Callum’s motion and co-ordination.
Loretta is hopeful the Hand Tutor will provide what Callum needs to gain his independence and she has thanked the charity for its help.
She said, “We are very grateful for the help of the Tree of Hope Children’s Charity.
“It feels like a huge burden has been lifted from my family now with the generous financial help.
“I had felt that either I would be incurring a long term debt, obviously affecting the day-to-day life of all of my four children or passing up a fantastic chance to help Callum.
“I can’t convey how much happiness and relief this have given us all.”