DAVID GRANOVSKY

Little Lucas’s stem-cell hope

In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on February 22, 2011 at 7:17 pm

LUCAS Garland has spent more time in hospital than most.

The three-year-old from Morayfield spent the first 116 days of his life in intensive care.

Born at just 25 weeks and weighing just 910g, his mother Louisa and father Nathan were told their newborn son was not expected to live.

UNCONDITIONAL: Louisa Garland has organised a fundraiser for son Lucas, 3. Picture: RUSSELL BROW

UNCONDITIONAL: Louisa Garland has organised a fundraiser for son Lucas, 3.

Picture: RUSSELL BROW

“We have a picture just after he was born and he was slightly larger than my hand,’’  Mrs Garland said.

After defying the odds to survive, Lucas was diagnosed with spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy in August 2009.

Being born premature, Lucas’s developmental age is estimated at 12 months.

He has only just started to crawl, and is still unable to communicate through speech with his family.

“He has his own way of letting us know what he wants but we can see him getting frustrated sometimes when he isn’t able to communicate with us,’’  Mrs Garland said.

But despite the numerous setbacks in his short life, the Garland family has begun a journey to try and give Lucas a chance at a normal life.

The Quest for Lucas aims to raise $35,000 for the Garland family to travel to Europe for Lucas to undergo stem cell therapy.

“We would hope that the therapy could improve his balance and walking, allow him to speak clearly and reduce spasticity,’’  Mrs Garland said. “There would be no better feeling than to finally see Lucas mobile.

“It would mean a lot to us … we prefer him to be able to do things physically for himself. It will get to a point that we can no longer move him.’‘

The first event in the Quest for Lucas will be a fashion show held this Friday at the Strathpine Community Centre.

“It’s a very exciting time for us to see it starting to come together,’’  Mrs Garland said.

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