About Billy

It was on Tuesday 28th October 2008 that our 15-year-old son, Billy, was on his way home from school with his mates. They were riding their bmx bikes and, as they usually did, they stopped off at the local dirt track just down the road from school. That was the last time he rode a bike, and life as Billy knew it, was to change for ever. What happened? Billy fell from his bike and hit his head……it was as simple as that. 
We believe that Billy is still with us today because his mates were so quick to call the Ambulance for help, and because he was wearing his helmet.

The resulting injuries to Billy’s brain have left him paralysed down the right side of his body (hemiplegia) as well as severe aphasia (“Aphasia is an impairment of language, affecting the production or comprehension of speech and the ability to read or write.”) and apraxia (“Apraxia is caused by brain damage related to conditions such as head injury, stroke, brain tumor, and Alzheimer's disease. The damage affects the brain’s ability to correctly signal instructions to the body. Forms of apraxia include the inability to say some words or make gestures”). Doctors treating Billy advised us that this type of injury occurring was a measly 3% chance, and that the damage was the result of an extensive bleed deep within his brain.

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Billy is now a young man of 22 and despite his injuries he has been fighting every day, since the accident, to regain as much physical ability as he possibly can. Because of his hard work and determination, it has been 2 and half years since Billy has required the use of his wheelchair. Billy has now reached a stage in his rehabilitation that he requires help to relax the muscles on his right side so that he can continue to improve and take part in everyday activities that we can often take for granted (e.g. walking).
Now the next part may be hard for some to believe. The help that Billy desperately needs comes in the form of “Botox” injections. Billy is suffering from increased muscle tightness on his right side which is caused by damage to parts of the central nervous system that control voluntary movements. When this happens, your nerves send continuous messages to your muscles telling them to contract or tighten. 

For this treatment to have maximum impact and success, Billy continually needs these injections every 3 to 4 months so that it helps to keep the momentum going on the development of his muscle function. Unfortunately, the ongoing treatment is very expensive but will deliver results. Our goal is to raise enough funds so that Billy can receive treatment for 12months. Your generosity, no matter how big or small, will go a long way toward Billy’s dream of achieving an independent life.

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