THE FAMILY of a Broughty Ferry toddler who suffers from severe developmental problems is appealing for help to raise his quality of life.
Two-and-a-half-year-old Lennon Thomson was born 13 weeks prematurely with a form of cerebral palsy called spastic quadriplegia which has seriously hampered his development. However, his twin sister Kayla is completely unaffected.
His mother Lisa Heyder explained it was obvious to them things were not right. She said: “He wasn’t diagnosed until he was 17 months old, but we kind of knew from the beginning that he was going to be disabled.”
Spastic quadriplegia is one of the most serious forms of cerebral palsy and has serious physical and mental side effects. According to Lisa, this means Lennon cannot sit up unaided, walk or complete the simplest of tasks.
She said: “He can’t do any of his personal care himself. I have to do everything for him.”
On top of this Lennon is partially blind and is prone to bouts of symptomatic epilepsy. Lisa added: “Some days are better than others.
“Lennon is very shy, he likes being around his own people. It takes him a long time to warm up to new people.”
As a result his family has set up Lennon’s Fund to raise money for the equipment they will need to support Lennon and help him to develop physically. They hope to eventually raise £100,000 which should also cover the cost of any operations.
Lisa said: “We’re looking to build a sensory room or soft playroom for Lennon, and to get him more physio and hydrotherapy.”
This extra support will hopefully get Lennon to a physical stage where he would be able to benefit from a selective dorsal rhizotomy.
The family has also had valuable support from Averil Hirsch, mother of twins Ayley and Chloe, who have recently undergone the SDR procedure with great results.
Lisa said: “Averil has been a great support to me and my family.
“We have to look to the future.
“We hope to get the same operation as Ayely and Chloe, but we need to get him a lot stronger. Lennon needs a good few years of physio first.
“He needs more attention, more physio and basically better equipment.”
Lennon’s Fund is is backed by a committee of eight friends and family members who already have several events in the pipeline.
Lisa added: “We’ve got quite a lot planned, a silent auction, runs, walks, waxing nights and car washes.”
The first event planned is a quiz night at The Station Hotel, Carnoustie, on May 18 at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are £5 per head with a maximum of eight people per team.
For more information on Lennon’s Fund or to make a donation visit their Facebook page and click on the PayPal icon.