The father of a Finedon teenager has spoken of his delight after his son took his first steps after pioneering surgery on his legs.
15-year-old Ben Talbot was born with a brain abnormality which give him a number of problems, which doctors call global development delay.
Last year he flew to St Louis in the US for corrective surgery with one of the world’s best surgeons after raising £30,000 through the Help Ben Appeal.
And now he has managed to take two steps, taking his own weight.
Ben’s father Paul praised his son’s determination and drive in reaching the goal.
He said: “Ben has shown an incredible amount of progress and we are all delighted for him.
“To think 12 months ago his legs were virtually useless and his feet were deformed, seeing him now is brilliant.
“He’s always been a happy kid but he’s been more positive and content since he managed to take his first steps.”
Paul hopes that Ben will be able to undergo selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery in the future to help with his spasticity.
He added: “Ben is much more comfortable now since having the surgery but there is still some discomfort there.
“It’s always been a bit difficult to understand the discomfort he is in but if he can have this further surgery it would really help.
“We are continuing to fundraise in preparation for the next surgery on his spine in Missouri, which he will have when his strength improves.
“He has been really happy and it’s amazing to see how far he has come.”
For further information about the charity and Ben’s progress, click here.