Variety And The Daily Mirror Work Their Magic For Louie

Louie and twin sister Ava Elbourne were born nine weeks premature and have cerebral palsy which meant they were unable to walk.

In January 2016, Ava was selected to undergo selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery as part of a trial in the UK. Within a few weeks she was walking with the help of tripod sticks!

Louie was not accepted onto the UK trial as his cerebral palsy is more complex which devastated his parents. They feared the only person who could help him was Dr Parks, pioneering surgeon and resident at the children’s hospital in the US city of St Louis. However, this treatment would cost the family $46,245.00 USD which they did not have.


Variety of Great Britain (Tent 36) heard about this heart-rending story and immediately contacted the Editor of UK newspaper the Daily Mirror to offer the Charity’s help by pledging to raise the funds to enable Louie to have the same operation as his twin sister without further delay.

Louie’s miracle surgery took place 18th October 2016. The Elbourne family were given a warm welcome by members of Tent 4 – Variety of St Louis. In just two months after having the operation in US, Louie is out of his wheelchair and now practicing his walking.

On the 23rd April 2017, Louie’s Dad (Phil Elbourne) is going be running the London Marathon to raising funds on behalf of Variety to give back as much of the donated funds as he can to help other children.

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