Tonight’s episode of the BBC documentary Hospital reveals the story of a 15-year-old boy who must raise £29,000 for his own cerebral palsy surgery.
Thomas, who is being treated at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, has been unable to walk for four years because of nerve damage caused by his condition.
He is desperate to receive a spinal operation but he doesn’t fit the NHS’s funding criteria, which is forcing the GCSE student to raise the money himself.
Tonight’s episode is the last of the six-part series, telling the emotional stories of young NHS patients.
Nine-year-old Abigail, who is also wheelchair bound, is about to undergo the same surgery as Thomas.
But in dramatic scenes, surgeons stumble across a complication which could leave her paralysed.
Alongside their stories is Jaxon, barely one-years-old and fighting a chemo-resistant tumour which threatens the loss of his leg and inhibits his feeding.
All three will be treated at Alder Hey, which is one of only five centres in the country to offer a spinal operation called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR).