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BRAVE LUCAS FACES HIS BIGGEST BATTLE; Mum Laura launches drive to keep son's cerebral palsy at bay.

Byline: Martin Bagot

A YOUNG mum from Coventry who lost her first child hours after giving birth is facing more heartache.

Laura Brooks, 23, lost her first baby eight hours after giving birth in 2007 as the result of an extremely rare brain condition.

Now she is battling for the quality of life of her second son, Lucas, aged three, who has a severe form of cerebral palsy cerebral palsy (sərē`brəl pôl`zē), disability caused by brain damage before or during birth or in the first years, resulting in a loss of voluntary muscular control and coordination.  which means his hips are slowly becoming dislocated.

He may be bed bound by the age of five.

Laura, a former Tile Hill Wood School Tile Hill Wood School is a comprehensive secondary school for girls situated in southwest Coventry, England. The current headteacher is Mrs. Joanna Shirlaw. External links
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 pupil, has launched a fundraising drive to pay for specialist equipment in an attempt to stop his condition deteriorating.

Just eight weeks ago Laura and her partner, Nathan Finch, were told by doctors the devastating news that little Lucas could find himself bed-bound.

"We found out because Lucas isn't putting weight on his legs, his hips aren't locking in the socket," Laura, of Delius Street, Tile Hill Tile Hill is a suburb in the west of Coventry. The railway line linking Rugby, Coventry and Birmingham goes through Tile Hill, and Tile Hill railway station is within Tile Hill near its eastern border with Solihull. , said.

"It is basically dislocating his hips. If what we're doing doesn't help him he could end up bed-bound because if your hips are dislocated you can't sit down.

"As long as his hips don't migrate further over the next seven months then there's a little bit of hope."

The couple found out the traumatic news just a fortnight after Laura gave birth to her third child, ten week old Alfie.

They are organising a number of fundraising activities over the next seven months to pay for adaptations to their home, a specially adapted motorised wheelchair and special seats for their two-bed home.

Brave Lucas already has to do special stretches and go in a standing frame for two hours every day.

He also undergoes physiotherapy every week and is having special splints fitted for the condition - full name spastic spastic /spas·tic/ (spas´tik)
1. of the nature of or characterized by spasms.

2. hypertonic, so that the muscles are stiff and movements awkward.


spas·tic
adj.
1.
 quadriplegic quadriplegic /quad·ri·ple·gic/ (-ple´jik)
1. of, pertaining to, or characterized by quadriplegia.

2. an individual with quadriplegia.
 cerebral palsy.

It comes four years after the death of Laura's first child which was born with an extremely rare condition known as holoprosencephaly.

This meant his tiny brain had not divided properly.

Laura almost lost her own life as well as one of her lungs collapsed during the birth and her kidneys stopped functioning soon afterwards.

Now she is determined to do the best she can for little Lucas.

"This is just to get him the best quality of life we can.

"There's very little help out there for disabled people who need the level of help children with cerebral palsy need.

"His condition affects him on a daily basis and we just don't know how it will affect him in future."

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Date:Nov 28, 2011
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