Our Stories - Josh Gets Second Chance

A second "skin" has given two-year-old Josh Thomson a second chance in life.
The tot from Bonnybridge in central Scotland was born with a blood clot on the brain, developing as cerebral palsy as he grew older.

But the worst effects of this condition have been overcome through the purchase of what's called a Second Skin Australia Splint Suit.
The corset-like device provides excellent support to the trunk, allowing the wearer to maintain a better upright position.
The £1700 item is not provided by the NHS but the Teddy Bear Foundation was only too happy to come up with the necessary funding.
"It's made a huge difference to Josh," said the little lad's mum, Karen Thomson.
As she watched him playing football in the grounds of the Craighalbert Centre in Cumbernauld, Karen laughed: "Look. He's so much better at keeping his balance.
"If he was not wearing the suit, he would simply not be able to do that." Gill Sinclair, head of income generation and marketing at Craighalbert said:"This suit make a huge difference.
"It's not every child that is suitable for one and Josh was actually too small when Barry Chuwen first made the offer.
"But everyone's glad we waited until he grew up a bit. Especially Josh."

Josh Thomson in action at Craighalbert.


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