Variety and The Daily Mirror Work Their Magic for Louie March 31, 2016 9:40 PM



Louie and twin sister Ava Elbourne were born nine weeks prematurely and have cerebral palsy, which meant they were unable to walk. Words cannot describe how devastating this was for a parent.

In January, 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’s cerebral palsy is more complex than his sister’s and his parents feared the only place that can help him is a children’s hospital in the US city of St Louis. However, this treatment is very expensive.

The family through a variety of fundraising activities managed to raise nearly £18,000 and The Daily Mirror’s readers raised another £10,000 in just 24 hours.

Variety heard about this heart-rending story and immediately contacted the Daily Mirror to offer our help by pledging to fund the outstanding amount, which will now enable Louie to have the same operation as his twin sister without further delay.

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