Can you help Finley, 2, get a life-changing prosthetic leg?
PUBLISHED: 07:17 09 March 2018
The parents of a 'brave' and 'happy' two-year-old boy hope to raise £5,000 to help him walk properly after his leg was amputated.
Katie and Jake Williams, from Congresbury, were overjoyed when they found out they were expecting a baby, but when they had their 20-week scan, hoping to find out what they were having, they instead discovered their little boy’s right leg was not forming properly.
Finley was born with an under-developed tibia, sometimes known as the shin bone, which is the larger and stronger of the two lower leg bones.
Mum Katie said: “We were sent to St Michaels and discovered his right leg was much shorter than his left leg.
“After he was born, doctors began casting his whole leg just to try and straighten his foot, he was just four weeks old at the time.”
Not long after the doctors also discovered Finley had no ankle joint and was missing two bones in his knee which meant the casting would not work and still leave him unsteady on his feet.
The couple faced a tough choice, to continue with corrective work or to have Finley’s leg amputated, which doctors’ felt would give him the ‘best outcome in life’.
Katie said: “We were so worried about making the right decision for him and wondered what he would be like in the future.”
Finley had his leg amputated on February 3, 2016 when he was just 11 months old.
His mum said it was ‘amazing’ how brave her ‘little boy’ had been, saying she ‘could not be prouder’.
Finley got his first prosthetic leg after his first birthday and took his first steps when he was 18 months old.
Katie said: “It was an emotional moment as you can imagine and he still carries on to progress every day.
“He is a really happy child and is a brilliant big brother to four-month-old Reggie.”
Finley gets his prosthetics from the NHS but, while the family are ‘extremely grateful, they cause him a lot of soreness, discomfort and give him little balance and support.
The new leg, which will cost a minimum of £5,000, would be bought privately and designed just for Finley, allowing him more independence. Katie hopes to get an extendable leg which Finley can use as he grows up.
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