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Walking setback for Mayfield boy Jay

Eight year old Jay Johnson, pictured with his mother Sandra at Lawfield Primary School, Mayfield

Eight year old Jay Johnson, pictured with his mother Sandra at Lawfield Primary School, Mayfield

A seven-year-old boy from Mayfield who defied doctors by walking again has to go back to America for surgery after suffering a setback.

Jay Johnson who suffers from cerebral palsy, was born eight weeks premature and doctors said the Lawfield Primary pupil would be confined to a wheelchair all his life.

However, in 2011 parents Sandra and Paul managed to raise £40,000 for treatment in the US that meant he could walk again.

The family now need to raise a further £15,000 to return to America for an operation on Jay’s heels.

Jay’s mum Sandra Johnson (28) explained why: “His feet are turning out the way and it’s made his heels really tight and they are not as they should be.

“I sent videos over to America and the doctors said his heel cords are tightening.

“The surgery will lengthen his heel cords so he can walk properly. He has been doing really well but this flared up recently.

“It’s so important he gets this surgery or it will have all have been a waste of time, as he isn’t going to get any further on with his walking.

“Obviously, we stand on our feet but he can’t do that.

“He can only stand for seconds now, he was standing for a minute and a half before this setback.

“I have not told him he is having an operation as I’m scared of his reaction.

“He knows he is going back to America to see the doctor but he doesn’t know it’s for surgery.”

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