US trip could prove life-changing
CHRISTMAS is the giving season, and the Wyatt family is seeking support to send their two-and-a-half-year-old son to the United States for cerebral palsy treatment.
Donations and money raised at events such as November's Winter Wonderland Party at the Metro Hotel Ipswich will help Blaise Wyatt make this important trip.
The young Ipswich boy suffers from a severe form of cerebral palsy called spastic quadriplegia, which affects all of his limbs.
The condition has so far made it impossible for Blaise to sit up, stand or walk.
But parents Dawn and Cameron are planning to take Blaise to the United States next year for a breakthrough treatment called the TheraSuit Method.
The trip will hopefully occur in April, the month of Blaise's third birthday, but it depends on the family raising money and saving for the $20,000 cost.
Mrs McKenzie-Wyatt said the treatment would help Blaise's muscle control.
"With cerebral palsy, muscles are always tight, which can mean that bones and muscles don't grow properly," Mrs McKenzie-Wyatt said.
"This treatment is offered at a special centre in Michigan and it involves the use of a suit with sort of elastic bands that will put pressure on Blaise's muscles."
Mrs McKenzie-Wyatt said the treatment was an intensive four-week therapy and exercise program, and Blaise would attend three-hour sessions every day of the program.
"We want to get therapy and treatment for Blaise now, so that less work needs to be done further down the track," Mrs McKenzie-Wyatt said.
Blaise has already made significant progress over the last year.
"A year ago, Blaise was being tube-fed through his nose, but now he can chew his food," his mum said.
The Wyatt family is very hopeful that ongoing therapy and treatment will eventually help Blaise move more independently.
Including the trip for therapy in the United States, the cost of Blaise's therapies next year totals $38,000.
Raffle tickets to raise money for the trip will be sold at The Metro Hotel Ipswich's Christmas party function, held on November 11.
Tickets to the Metro Hotel Ipswich's Winter Wonderland Party are $55 per person, which includes a two-course Christmas dinner, a selection of beverages, live entertainment, and visits from Santa and a Magical Elf magician.
Call 3812 8077 to book.
You can also donate online at developingfoundation.org.au, by searching Blaise in the family link.
- Cerebral palsy refers to a number of posture and movement disorders caused by damage to the developing brain
- One in every 400 Australian babies will be born with or develop cerebral palsy
- The annual cost of cerebral palsy per person is $43,000, based on latest figures.