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Operation hope for four-year-old

Henry Ford
The local community has helped raise some of the 35,000 needed

A four-year-old boy is to travel to the United States for surgery which his parents hope will help him to walk.

Henry Ford's parents said they believed a major operation in Missouri was his best chance of walking.

Fundraising events around the couple's home town of Midsomer Norton, in Somerset, have helped raise some of the £35,000 needed for the operation.

His parents said every step for Henry was difficult as the illness had badly affected his leg muscles.

Henry Ford has cerebral palsy

His mother Polly told BBC News: "One day, with a bit of luck, he might just be tottering around here without his frame which would be absolutely wonderful."

His father Simon added: "We are going to see Dr Park who is the best in the world and has done over 1,500 operations and he feels Henry's a great candidate."

The family will spend more than a month in the United States, both for the operation and the rehabilitation.

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