Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Go George, go!

10:44 24 October 2012

George sits up for the first time just days after his operation at a speialist children

George sits up for the first time just days after his operation at a speialist children's hospital in America

Archant

Braunton youngster makes good progress following life-changing surgery in America.

George is now able to stand straight with flat feet.George is now able to stand straight with flat feet.

BRAUNTON youngster George Palmer is pictured sitting himself up for the first time just days after a life-changing operation in America.

Cerebral palsy sufferer George, 5, underwent selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) surgery on Tuesday week to give him the chance of being able to walk for the first time.

Parents Nicki and Gary say the youngster is making fantastic progress following the five-hour operation at the St Louis Children’s Hospital, in Missouri.

Mum Nicki told the Gazette: “George’s surgery went so well but it was a long tearful day.

All smiles: George Palmer recovers in hospital following SDR surgery.All smiles: George Palmer recovers in hospital following SDR surgery.

“He had a really rough day and night on Wednesday; you can never be prepared for the exhaustion and emotions that you feel during that time.

“The one thing that has just amazed us from the minute George woke up is how soft and supple his feet and legs are. Before surgery they were so stiff it was like moving planks of wood.”

George has now been discharged from hospital and has started three weeks of therapy. After his first session, he was able to stand with flat feet and straight legs for the first time ever and was able to try high kneeling, walking on his knees and a little assisted walking.

“We have noticed already that his left arm is more supple and he can open and close his left hand unlike before, plus his balance has already become better,” said Nicki.

Following an assessment on Monday, George is also due to have a heel chord and hamstring lengthening surgery to improve his standing positioning.

Nicki added: “We are so, so proud of George, he never complains. He gets a little tearful at times as he is a little unsure of what the doctors are going to do to him, but he still has that cheeky smile and great sense of humour.

“He is being fantastic and we love him so, so much.”

0 comments

Other News Stories

23 minutes ago
Dave Butt, pictured during the Pilton Festival, was a staunch community champion. Picture: Barbara Fryer Photography

Hundreds pack Barnstaple Parish Church to bid farewell to community champion

Read more
57 minutes ago

Firefighters from Barnstaple were called after reports of a smell of smoke and a fire alarm sounding.

Read more
13:42

South West Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust is letting people behind the scenes ahead of one of their busiest weekends.

Read more
11:24
Councillor Sue Hayward and town clerk Will Austin outside Barnstaple Guildhall

Barnstaple Town Council has big plans for the Guildhall, but the historic building needs a bit of sprucing up first.

Read more
08:58
Chicken hen.

Hen evades rescue attempts but appears content in adopted A39 lay-by home

Read more
Yesterday, 18:06
North Devon District Hospital, Barnstaple

700-word response says there are ‘no red lines’ to reviewing services but ‘will not add to speculation’

Read more
Yesterday, 16:46

One lane of the A361 from Braunton to Barnstaple is currently closed following the single vehicle collision today (Thursday).

Read more
Yesterday, 15:00
Paul Crabb, the 2016-17 Mayor of Ilfracombe

The Gazette caught up with Councillor Paul Crabb for his views on what will happen in the coming year

Read more
Yesterday, 13:52
Coco is our Cat of the Week

With Barnstaple and District Cats Protection

Read more
Yesterday, 13:42

Police said the 12-year-old girl was walking home from school when a man approached her at the Gorwell end of Bear Street.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 0°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications