Home | News | Operation to change boy’s life costs £25k
News | 16th February 2021

Operation to change boy’s life costs £25k

Joshua turned down in Scotland but Liverpool hospital steps in


HE IS always “smiling and cracking jokes” but faces daily treatment and pain as a child with cerebral palsy.

Joshua Graham, seven, of Canonbie, who attends the primary school, is now raising funds for a crucial operation at a Liverpool hospital.

Joshua lives with his parents, Michelle and ? and sister, Edith.

The online fundraising is through Just4Childen and the life-changing operation Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR)  will help with his independence and mobility.

The operation costs £21,000 and Joshua’s target is £25,000 to help with post-operative treatment and equipment. So far, he has raised £18,358.

He was born two months early, weighing only 3lb 14oz.

Aged one, he was sent for an MRI scan because he wasn’t reaching milestones.

This revealed he had cerebral palsy and, as time went on, we learnt this type was diplegic, affecting Joshua’s legs.

“Joshua has a love of life and is always smiling and cracking jokes.

“Physiotherapy and stretching are daily in his life. He goes through such a lot from early morning stretches and muscle strengthening exercises before school and all repeated during the day.

“Occasionally, Joshua can wake in the night distressed and upset with extremely painful cramp in his leg muscles. This is awful for us all.”

The surgery reduces spasticity in the lower limbs and is effective in treating spasticity by cutting the nerve rootlets in the spinal canal which are sending abnormal signals to the muscles.

SDR is intended to improve quality of life and/or mobility in children affected by it.”

Michelle said: “It has been a long process in getting to this stage, starting when Joshua was only two.

“Unfortunately, after many tests, assessments and meetings over the years, it was decided that Joshua did not fit the strict criteria for SDR in Scotland.

“We didn’t let that stop us and we went for a second opinion at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital where they told us it was a no brainer and would perform the life-changing operation on Joshua.

“But, because we live in Scotland, we don’t qualify under NHS England’s criteria and must fund the operation ourselves.

“Further funds would be used for the important post-operative period, of which a minimum of two years’ intense physio is needed.

“Joshua may need specialist equipment in the coming years, too.

We believe SDR would give Joshua the best quality of life possible.”

Just4Children is passionate about the relief of sickness and preservation of good physical and mental health in children and young people aged under 25 who live in the UK and Ireland.

For more details about Joshua’s fundraising go to

Would you like to support us?

The Eskdale and Liddesdale Advertiser is our community owned local newspaper and even in today’s troubled times, we aim to bring you local news and articles in an impartial, responsible and factual way.

We hope you have enjoyed reading this free article but we need your support so we can keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent and keeps you up to date with what is happening in Eskdale and Liddesdale.

Every reader’s contribution, however big or small, is so valuable to us.
‘Owned by the Community...Published for the Community’
Do you have a story?

Please get in touch if you have a story or article you would like to see published.

Related Articles

Charming and popular lady

Elizabeth Calvert, By her son, Robert Calvert ELIZABETH Calvert was…


Mundell wins with a larger share of votes

Conservative retains Dumfriesshire seat with 4,000 majority


Kiosk will be used at last

THE Langholm Initiative has announced it took over ownership of…


Fly-tipper seen while dumping her fridge

Second item left in Eskdale in a week highlights waste…


Can crumbling castle be saved from collapse?

Part of Langholm’s history in danger of disappearing altogether


Langholm designers showcase latest collection

Rose’s Wardrobe Vintage launch their first summer collection


Row over hub’s role in serving its community

Validity of a questionnaire on catering for shooters is doubted


Residents in fear of their lives every day

Neighbours are extremely concerned about the state of the spire


Vote for us

Public asked to give support


Specially-brewed Duke's Ale a hit with HRH

A Langholm man tells of his company’s relationship with the…


Ranges reclassed as major developments

Council declares both applications at Eskdalemuir as invalid


Langholm-brewed real ale is a real hit

Borderlands Brewery’s Esk Blonde sells out in twelve hours


Eskdale tributes to Prince Philip

TRIBUTES have been paid to the Duke of Edinburgh by…


Day Centre applauded for its endless support

Staff and volunteers deliver over 10,000 meals during lockdowns


Library provides update

2020, the year of the pandemic, brought much of Westerkirk…


£500k price tag stops Holmwood flood plan

Residents to be offered individual protection measures instead


Rachel moves on after 21 years as Editor

Change in the air at Muckle Toon Media


Historic deal to buy moor signed

For the first time Langholm owns Tarras Valley


Massive jobs boost to meet demand for PPE

Enterprise agency gives biggest grant so far to boost economy


On the trail of bunny and friends

LANGHOLM Regeneration Group’s Easter trail, which starts next weekend, has…


CCTV will protect Newcastleton from crime and flooding

Community Council raises £34k to install cameras to deter criminal…


German film crew on Langholm Moor

LANGHOLM Moor showed its wildest side when a German TV…


Agency awards £92k to station conversion

Work on building four flats is expected to be completed…


Fears for traumatised war veterans on retreat

Mental health counsellor says no to Eskdalemuir rifle ranges ARMED…


Council tax freeze avoids 3% increase

Dumfries and Galloway councillors vote for budget proposals


Eskdale shooters will bring jobs and income

Up to half a million pounds will be spent annually…


Scottish Borders Council way off track with ruling

Committed rail group has asked for decision to be reviewed


Support vital

Lessons need to be learned from this


Nightmare jail ordeal after migrant incident

Canonbie lorry driver held in Dutch prison with no contact


Joshua smashes his target for operation

Canonbie schoolboy raises nearly £30,000 with friends’ help


Residents distressed over military exercise

And fears over shooting ranges operating without permission


Second year of devastation for Newcastleton

Up to 30 homes flooded as river Liddel burst banks


Langholm groups reap rewards from the wind

Thousands are paid by the Ewe Hill 6 windfarm to…


A big surprise

Congratulations to Rowanburn couple


Study identifies top 10 projects for funding

Nearly 1,000 ideas proposed on how to use windfarm grants


Do not feed

Horse nearly dies from treats


Sports centre redesign is to be scaled back

Flood plain and funding challenge force rethink on Townfoot


Feedback will aid bridge plan

Developer seeks views on active travel


Multi-purpose centre will attract thousands

Langholm’s regeneration is on track for an enterprising future


GP practices join list of vaccination venues

Over 70s can be vaccinated in the first two weeks…

requires mailchimp logins and wired up to a list
Join our mailing list
Keep up to date with all that’s going on at the E&L
This site uses cookies.
Read our privacy policy

This site uses cookies for marketing, personalisation, and analysis purposes. You can opt out of this at any time or view our full privacy policy for more information.