Jenson using pedal power on next stage of his journey

Cerebal palsy sufferer Jenson Ford on his cycle at home at Gunthorpe. EMN-160201-160728009
Cerebal palsy sufferer Jenson Ford on his cycle at home at Gunthorpe. EMN-160201-160728009
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A young boy is racing ahead with dreams of becoming a cyclist - despite suffering from a condition which meant his parents thought he would never ride a bike.

Jenson Ford was diagnosed with having a form of cerebral palsy when he was just eight months old, which has left him with little use of his right hand side.

The eight year old boy need to travel to America when he was just five to have treatment.

His smile captured the city’s hearts as his family raised £55,000 - with help from the Peterborough Telegraph - through the Jenson’s Journey appeal, which enabled him to walk without leg splints - and now has had a bike specially adapted so he can go on rides with his dad and his brother.

Mum Katie Ford said: “Jenson has made remarkable progress since his Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy surgery his spasticity in his right leg has completely gone and although at the beginning this did expose the weakness in his leg that was being masked by the spasticity with his ongoing training (strength and conditioning) he is getting stronger than ever.

“Something like riding a bike which we never dreamed possible now is a reality although with the spasticity and contractures still present in his arm and hand this is no easy task. Several adaptations have been made to his bike but this is still very limiting and he just wants to be able to ride like his brother and his daddy!”

However, Jenson now needs more surgery to help improve his arm and hand movements, and need to raise another £15,000.

Katie said the surgery would be carried out over two stages; one to release flexion contractures of right wrist and fingers with tendon transfers to re-balance extensor power and the second surgery to release right thumb contracture and rebalancing by tendon transfer to augment thumb extensors and right forearm rotation transfer.

Katie said: “The NHS have refused to pay for this and don’t have a local surgeon who is specialised in this field to be able to consider this as an option.

“I spent months and months researching and found a surgeon who specialises in surgery of the upper limbs in children with cerebral palsy who has a very impressive track record he is the lead surgeon who travels to areas all over the world when there are natural disasters such as the Haiti Earthquake.

“Jenson has met him and he believes he can help Jenson but the longer it is left the chance of success lessens. If we were to leave it until Jenson’s teen years then it would be a case of cosmetically just making his arm and hand look like everyone else’s but with no real functional improvement.”

To help raise funds for Jenson visit www.justgiving.com/jensonsjourney