Jay's parents launch £100,000 campaign to pay for treatment
A fundraising appeal has been launched to help pay for intensive treatment for five-year-old Wimbledon boy Jay Shetty.
Jay has cerebral palsy affecting all four limbs and is also registered blind after being born at 36 weeks weighing 4lb.
Due to complications at birth, he suffered a collapsed lung, hypoglycaemia and couldn't regulate his body temparature. As a result he suffered multiple brain injuries.
Jay's parents Shilpa and Raj, who live in Inner Park Road, started paying privately for different therapies not long after he was born, including hydrotherapy, special needs yoga and acupuncture.
Shilpa said: "We then started a few different therapies mainly to help Jay relax and sleep well. By this time his lack of sleep was taking a toll on us too as my husband was helping me every night with Jay waking up.
"In addition to all the therapies we also started going to Poland for intensive rehabilaitation in September 2013 and since then we try to go five to six times a year, all of it paid by us privately.
"Whilst in Poland we were told about something called Medek Therapy, which we have around five or six sessions per week all paid by us again privately. Paying for all this has broken our family piggy bank and hence we after a lot of trying have decided to fundraise."
Accountant Raj and Shilpa, who also have a nine-month-old son called Kairav, have set up two fundraising accounts to go towards the costs of paying for Jay's treatment.
Shilpa said: "Jay is a beautiful much loved smiley boy and likes attention. He is now enrolled on a ground-breaking 'sibling cord blood' study at Dukes University in America.
"None of the above therapies are covered by NHS funding. We need your help to raise £100,000 to help fund these therapies as we need to help Jay now in order to give him a future he so desperately needs and deserves."
March 18, 2016