With your help we raised enough money to finance the cost of life-changing surgery for Leo and the costs of the intensive after-care required for him. This surgery which is not available in Ireland, is helping him to realise his dream of walking independently. For the past 20 years children with cerebral palsy (specifically Spastic Diplegia) have been treated successfully with a procedure known as SDR (Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy) at the St Louis Children’s Hospital, Missouri, USA. In the past few years this procedure has become available at various centres in the UK including the Frenchay Hospital, Bristol where Leo attended his first consultation on 16th July 2012. After extensive assessments and tests he was accepted as a suitable candidate for surgery which was carried out on 12th March 2013 in the Barbara Russell Children’s Paediatric Neuroscience Unit at the hospital.