A two-year-old boy who had a double knee amputation and is suffering from a staggering number of other health issues needs your help to build a comfortable future for himself.
Oscar Connor, who lives in Mill End with his mum, dad and older sister, was born without a tibia bone in both his legs and had no knee joints or properly formed ankle joints – he subsequently had to have a double through knee amputation.
He’s also had eight bowel operations and struggles to eat or drink, so has a Hickman line which is connected to a drip that feeds him for 14 hours every day.
More recently, Oscar’s right hip has moved slightly, restricting his blood flow and causing discomfort.
His mum Kayleigh, 29, said: “It’s obviously incredibly difficult to see him go through all this, and while you get used to some of it in a way there’s always another issue or doctor’s appointment out the blue. But Oscar in himself is a really cheeky, typical little boy who’s actually always smiling. All his doctors and nurses always tell us about how happy he is no matter what’s going on.”
“Oscar may look different but he’s really just like everyone else. He gets on with it, he’s always desperate to play and dance and has quite a few friends his age – he’s developed mentally like a healthy boy.”
Kayleigh admitted Oscar’s predicament can often affect other family members more negatively than him.
His sister, Maisie, nine, had to undergo a plethora of art therapy and saw a play therapist to cope with her brother’s problems, which were having an impact on her school life.
“My friends and family who have been to some of our appointments or Oscar’s operations always complement us and say we make it all look easy – but inside you get so angry,” Kayleigh confessed. “You think, ‘I don’t want to be used to this.’
“Mine and his dad James’s main worry has always been Oscar’s future. We’re realistic in knowing we don’t have loads of money to support him and give him all the help he’ll need as he gets older.”
That’s why they set up Oscar’s Crowdfunding page, which has so far raised nearly £11,000.
She said: “It’s a huge comfort to know that money is there for Oscar’s future. We knew we needed the money but we didn’t want to impose ourselves on anyone and force them to give us anything. When our friends and family kept saying they wanted to help, we decided the funding page was the best way to do it.”
To donate to Oscar, go to justgiving.com/crowdfunding/kayleigh-watson-1