Hull boy Louie to get ‘magic legs’ like his sister

Published: Tuesday 1st March 2016 by The News Editor

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A Hull boy is to receive a pioneering operation to get “magic legs” – just like his three-year-old twin sister.

Louie and Ava Elbourne, who were born prematurely, both suffer from cerebral palsy.

Ava can now walk stick-assisted after undergoing the NHS selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery in January, it was reported in the Daily Mirror .

But Louie’s £70,000 op could not get state-funded due to the complicated nature of his condition.

So the Daily Mirror stepped in to raise £52,000 in only 24 hours in tandem with Variety magazine.

It is hoped that Louie can have the five-hour surgery in August just prior to turning four in the US-based St Louis Children’s Hospital.

Phil and Emma Elbourne, their parents, calls the sum raised “overwhelming”.

Mrs Elbourne said: “Louie will now have his magic legs and be just like Ava. This is beyond anything we could have dreamed of. It has been difficult for us, but this is like a ton of bricks has been taken off our shoulders.”

Ava’s surgery entailed the cutting of nerves at the bottom of her spine. The family raised nearly £18,000, Daily Mirror readers £20,000 and Variety around £32,000.

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Published: Tuesday 1st March 2016 by The News Editor

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