WATCH ABOVE: A seven year old Maple Ridge boy who held a lemonade fundraiser with his best friend to help cover the cost of a procedure to ease his pain from cerebral palsy undergoes surgery in New Jersey. Linda Aylesworth meets a young girl who underwent the same surgery.
VANCOUVER – Seven-year-old Brayden Grozdanich of Maple Ridge underwent surgery in New Jersey today to help ease the pain from cerebral palsy.
That procedure only happened after generous Global viewers responded in a big way to a lemonade stand held by Brayden and his best friend Quinn to cover the $20,000 bill. They actually raised more than $58,000.
The procedure is called Perc Lengthening.
“The micro cuts are made in the tendon,” said Brenda Horton from Kidsfirst Physiotherapy. “It helps to release the tightness so that the muscle is not firing off abnormally. In that way it’s in a more relaxed state all the time.
The procedure is minimally invasive, unlike the surgeries offered in Canada.
If all goes well, Brayden will be coming home early next week.
“I just think it will be a completely different boy that we see,” said Horton. “And his independence is going to be much greater than it was before.”
– With files from Linda Aylesworth
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