Parents launch fundraising appeal to get son, 2, life-changing prosthetic leg
PUBLISHED: 07:00 08 March 2018
A couple hope to crowd fund £5,000 to give their ‘brave’ two-year-old son a normal childhood after his leg was amputated.
Finley Williams, from Congresbury, was born with an under-developed tibia, no ankle joints and two missing bones in his knee.
His parents, Katie and Jake Williams, first discovered there was something wrong when they went for their 20-week scan, whether they were having a boy or a girl.
Katie, aged 21, said: “We were sent to St Michael’s 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 new parents were faced with a difficult decision, to continue to investigate ways of correcting Finley’s leg or to amputate, 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, I still wonder if we made the right choice.”
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 currently 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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