The family of a two year old boy from St Albans are pleading for donations so he can benefit from a self-funded life-changing operation.
At such a young age, Ryley was recently told that he would never be able to walk again which has left his family devastated and appealing for help.
The operation, which Ryley has been assessed and accepted for, is in America and costs £75,000 but if successful could potentially help him have more freedom and even possibly walk.
His mum Sarah described him as a “fighter who wants to do things every child can do.”
She explained: “He has had such a hard start in life but he knows no different. He is a happy boy, loves playing with his sisters but this operation would be life changing for him.”
Ryley’s tough start to life began when his mum was pregnant with him at 20 weeks.
“His 20 week scan showed a problem with his heart which meant he would need heart surgery immediately after birth,” explained Sarah.
“Then at 29 weeks I went into labour and he was born in a very poor state. We didn’t know whether he would make it. He was three months premature and was already fighting for his life.”
Ryley suffered from brain damage because of his premature birth and his parents, Sarah and Adam want to do everything they can to give him the best life possible.
Sarah said: “Every day we have to think and worry about something different, it is very overwhelming and difficult. Luckily we have a good support network of friends and family which gets us through the tough times.
“The operation would give him the best chance of playing with his friends in the future without someone pushing him around.
“We know it is a lot of money but we are incredibly grateful for the lovely response we have had from our friends and people that we don’t know – It has given me and my husband a massive boost.”
The Keys family and friends will be holding a number of different events to help fund the operation.
To donate, visit justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/just4children/ryleysdreamtowalk