Seb Brokenshire-Dyke, the Snailwell two year old who Journal readers have taken to their hearts, is back home after four weeks in the United States that his family believe will change his life forever.
Seb, who has cerebral palsy, went with his parents, James and Lorna, and twin brother Solomon, to St Louis last month where he underwent five hours of SDR surgery performed by one of the world’s best paediatric neurosurgeons.
‘This is ... a very special time for Seb. Lots of tiny firsts are on their way’
The surgery was followed by three weeks of intensive physiotherapy which is continuing now Seb is back home. The trip was made possible by a massive fundraising campaign spearheaded by James amd Lorna which raised more than £70,000 and was supported by family, friends, local businesses and Journal readers who had read about the Seb’s Legs appeal and rallied to his cause.
Even though they have only been home a few days, Lorna said they had already noticed significant differences in Seb as a result of the surgery.
“Returning home has given Seb a renewed sense of determination. It was the same shift we saw when he was discharged from hospital and returned to our apartment.
Interacting with his home environment has rekindled the fire in his belly and he seems so much more himself now,” said Lorna.
“He walked from our front door to the car on his new quad canes and you can see he really wants to do it.
“When I think back to the moment he was wheeled into theatre it was very humbling to think that it was not just his family who had got him here but also lots of people we did not know who wanted to help him, and we will always be grateful for their support.
“When Seb came out of surgery the first person he asked for was his brother Solomon and the surgeon has told us that in time he would hope that there would be very little difference between him and his brother.
“This is the start of a very special time for Seb. Lots of tiny firsts are on their way. We will be forever grateful to the hospital staff who cared for Seb and all those people back home who made it possible.”