Mother ‘humbled’ as strangers raise £6,000 to pay for disabled son’s life-changing surgery

The mother of a boy so severely disabled he is in 'agonising pain' every day has spoken of her amazement, after strangers raised £6,000 for him to have surgery.

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by Ellie Hooper |
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Debbie Foster's son Jake suffers from Leigh's Syndrome - which makes you lose control of your muscles - and was refused surgery on the NHS that would alleviate his pain.

But thanks to an appeal online, Debbie has been able to raise the £10,000 so that Jake can have the operation.

'It's very humbling, truly amazing. It restores your faith in people.'

Speaking to the MailOnline she said: 'It's very humbling, truly amazing. It restores your faith in people.'

'It just shows there are so many good, caring people in this world,' she added.

'I want to thank everyone who has donated, it means the world to us.'

Tragically, the Foster family lost their son Robert to the same disease when he was just four-years-old, and now face watching their 13-year-old slip away from the disease too.

Jake can now have surgery to alleviate his pain
Jake can now have surgery to alleviate his pain

Debbie spoke of her dismay that a girl who wanted a boob job could get one on the NHS, but that a child who needed an operation for pain control could not be funded for one.

Leigh's Syndrome still remains very much a mystery to doctors, who know that it is inherited and that is affects the sufferer's central nervous system.

The operation he will undergo involves cutting the nerves in the back, allowing his limbs to move more freely so that he is comfortable.

Visit his fundraising page to donate.

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