Gorebridge therapist offers to help out Jay

IR20140825. 25/08/14. Jay Johnson.  Eight year old Jay Johnson, pictured with his mother Sandra at Lawfield Primary School, Mayfield Midlothian. Jay has to go back to the USA for surgery on his heel chords.

IR20140825. 25/08/14. Jay Johnson. Eight year old Jay Johnson, pictured with his mother Sandra at Lawfield Primary School, Mayfield Midlothian. Jay has to go back to the USA for surgery on his heel chords.

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A Gorebridge therapist has offered to help the Mayfield boy who recently suffered a setback after defying doctors by walking.

Bowen (a remedial, hands-on therapy that is applied using very gentle pressure )therapist Mary MacFarlane contacted the Advertiser after our recent front page story about Jay Johnstone (7). Jay’s family had learnt that his heel cords are tightening and affecting his walking.

If he does not get an operation to correct this he might be unable to walk again.

Mary has offered to treat Jay before and after his planned operation in America. She said: “Jay has a fighting spirit and if I can support him to better function and mobility using the Bowen technique then I would be delighted.”

A study of the perceived effects of Bowen Therapy on children with Cerebral Palsy concluded that there were a number of perceived improvements in co-ordination and flexibility had the largest number of changes.

Jay’s mum Sandra (28) is delighted that Mary has offered to help. She said: “It’s really kind of her. Jay will be happy with that.”

Sandra is now focusing on raising the £15,000 needed to take Jay to America.

To help Jay reach his fundraising target call 078211 90545.

Read more in the latest edition of the Advertiser, out now.