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Thursday 24 April 2014

Brave Daniel takes huge step to walking unaided for first time

A brave little Ulster boy has taken a huge stride towards being able to walk unaided for the first time after undergoing a potentially life-changing operation in Spain.

Daniel Traylor (10), a pupil at DH Christie Primary School, recently returned to his Coleraine home after undergoing specialist surgery on his legs in a Barcelona.

The youngster has suffered from cerebral palsy since birth, meaning that he cannot walk without the aid of a walking frame.

But it is hoped a one-and-a-half hour long operation he underwent at the Centro Medico Teknon Hospital in Barcelona two weeks ago will allow him to walk unaided in future.

Surgeons were able to work on Daniel's thigh muscles and hamstring through a key-hole procedure performed on September 14.

Cerebral palsy is a condition that affects posture, movement and co-ordination. Daniel's mum, Maureen, explained that the aim of the operation was to increase flexibility in the tops of his legs in future years.

"The aim of the operation is hopefully that one day he might be able to walk unaided. It's far too early to say whether it has worked. It's possibly going to be years before we know," she said.

"Daniel got through everything well, although he's a wee bit stiff at the minute. He's having to get intense physiotherapy at the minute."

Mrs Traylor, her husband, Eric, and their other son, Jordan (15), travelled to Barcelona with Daniel to support him through. They raised £4,000 to cover the cost of the operation through fundraising activities.

Mrs Traylor said they had heard of two other boys in the Coleraine area having the same operation and decided to look into it.

"We went and spoke to their parents and they were able to put us in touch with the right people. We just felt that if we were going to do something like this for Daniel, now was the right time to do it. The procedure wasn't available to us here and we felt that, if there was something we could do for him, then we should.

"He's starting secondary school next year so this was a good time."

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