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York Boy Denied NHS Cash for Life Changing Operation

Corey Eastwood 100713

6:55pm 10th July 2013

A 13 year old boy from Dunnington has to raise £25,000 for a life changing operation after the NHS denied funding.

Corey Eastwood has Cerebral Palsy, resulting in Epilepsy and Spastic Diplegia, which means that his leg muscles are very tight all the time. This is a condition with which he was born and has now resulted in a poor walking pattern which is further hindered by fatigue.

Late last year his family became aware of Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy, which has been used for many years in Oswestry, but has recently been refined to produce better, safer results.

A surgeon from Leeds, Mr Gooden, has offered this operation to him but Corey was denied NHS funding.

An NHS England spokesman said: " We obviously can't comment on individual patients. However NHS England's current commissioning policy means that this procedure is not being routinely funded for patients in England. A review of research into this treatment has not demonstrated the effectiveness of this irreversible surgical procedure compared to other treatment options - for example intensive physiotherapy.  Individual funding requests will continue to be considered where there are believed to be exceptional clinical grounds in an individual case."

Mr Gooden believes that the results for Corey could include being able to walk independently and would definitely make a significant reduction in fatigue allowing Corey to lead a fuller life. Mr Gooden, Corey and his parents believe that these benefits are very significant and as they would be life long, pose a life changing opportunity.

They're now on a mission to raise £25,000 in conjunction with the Tree Of Hope, a charitable organisation.

If you would like to make a donation, please quote 'Corey Eastwood' when using the link below to ensure any money donated is placed in the correct account.



Donations can also be made by text, put:CORE50 £(amount) and send it to 70070 .

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