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Brave Corey Cummings can’t wait for school
8:40am Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
SCHOOL pupils across Swindon are returning for another year of homework, packed lunches and scuffed shoes this week, though there is one boy having to wait a little longer.
September 16 is the date seven-year-old cerebral palsy sufferer Corey Cummings is counting down to, as he continues intensive physiotherapy after a life-changing operation in May.
Corey had a selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) in an effort to help him walk unaided, but the procedure involves significant rehabilitation, which is delaying his return to Lawn Primary School.
Currently in the midst of an intensive three-week programme with Footsteps, a specialist centre in Dorchester-on-Thames, Corey’s mother, Kelly, is searching for a personal trainer to boost her son’s recovery programme.
Kelly, 35, of Coate Cottages, fears her son is not as strong as he should be at this stage following surgery, and although physiotherapy is helping his brain to reconnect with his muscles, it is not building his strength.
In June, one month after the £33,000 surgery at Frenchay Hospital, doctors forecasted Corey would walk unaided within a year, though Kelly thinks that time frame is looking less likely.
Mike Poole, a Scotland-based personal trainer, who specialises in post-SDR cerebral palsy sufferers, is advising Kelly on her son’s needs.
His advice has given Kelly sleepless nights as she attempts to find trainers who work with children, especially those dealing with cerebral palsy.
“I’m not sleeping at the moment,” she said. “We are three months in and not very far forward. He should be strengthening his muscles.
“I have searched for personal trainers in the area, but the moment I find someone with the correct expertise I find out they don’t deal with children.”
In an effort to ensure her son does not fall behind with his studies, she plans to home school with him before his trip to Oxfordshire for treatment with Footsteps.
Kelly is keen to add more to his life than rehabilitation and homework.
She said: “For him, in the long run, it’s not just about the rehab. He needs to interact with kids of his own age.
“Because he’s not much stronger than when he left school before the holidays, he’s a little bit apprehensive over going back.”
He needs his walker to get around, but Corey has better flexibility of movement. From mechanical movements after surgery, he is now more natural in using his feet and legs.
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