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Jay Johnson with gran Elaine Reilly, Jay needs surgery in the USA

Jay Johnson with gran Elaine Reilly, Jay needs surgery in the USA

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Big-hearted fundraisers in Midlothian are on course to help Mayfield tot Jay Johnson walk for the first time.

The four-year-old , who suffers from cerebral palsy, was born eight weeks premature and is confined to a wheelchair.

Parents Sandra and Paul have launched a campaign to raise £40,000 for treatment in the US that could help him walk unaided.

With friends and family raising an initial £2,500, fundraising events, including a ladies’ night at Dalkeith Bowling Club and race night at the Masons’ Arms in Dalkeith, have helped them reach £12,000.

But with Jay booked to fly to the States in October, when he will undergo a Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy, an operation which would cut nerves away from his spine in order to ease the painful cramps and spasms which leave him unable to walk, thousands more must be raised.

Read full story in the June 16 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.