'Please help my son'

PUBLISHED: 16:12 12 October 2010

Vanessa Lu and son Leo, who needs specialist medical equipment to correct a flat head. Flat 2, Manor Court, 8 Albert Road, Weston.

Vanessa Lu and son Leo, who needs specialist medical equipment to correct a flat head. Flat 2, Manor Court, 8 Albert Road, Weston.

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A DESPERATE Weston mum is appealing for financial help to give her son the medical support he cannot get on the NHS.

Vanessa Lu and son Leo, who needs specialist medical equipment to correct a flat head. Flat 2, Manor Court, 8 Albert Road, Weston.

Leo Lu will be one year old on Monday, but has been diagnosed with severe brachycephaly, which effectively means his skull has not developed properly, and he has been left with a flat head.

Although not immediately dangerous in itself, studies have shown the condition can have long-term effects on mental and social development, and harm sight.

That is why Leo’s mum Vanessa is appealing for help from the community to pay for a £1,995 corrective helmet before Leo suffers lasting damage.

The single mum, who cannot work because of her own health problems, said: “I noticed Leo had flatness across the back of his head at around two months old. I initially thought it would correct itself, but soon realised it was getting worse.

Vanessa Lu and son Leo, who needs specialist medical equipment to correct a flat head. Flat 2, Manor Court, 8 Albert Road, Weston.

“When I asked our GP about Leo’s head shape, I was told ‘it was nothing’, and his head would get round when he is older.”

Vanessa’s patience went unrewarded, however, as Leo’s head shape failed to correct itself.

The 39-year-old continued: “I was so worried and consulted many parents whose babies had head deformity.

“They suggested the only thing I could do was go for helmet therapy.

“I went to see a specialist in Bristol who provides cranial remoulding helmets, but I was told it would cost £1,995 and it is not funded on the NHS.

“I was very anxious as I do not know how I would find this amount of money.

“I love Leo so much. He is a happy boy and likes going out to see knew things. He always smiles at people who stop to talk to him in the street.

“Every time I hold him I tell him that I will be a good mum, and I will regret for the rest of my life if I leave his brachycephly untreated.

“I would deeply appreciate it if anyone could kindly help me to raise the money any way they can.”

Anyone who can help Leo can contact Vanessa by calling 07868 735667.

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