Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

It's a Miracle Our Son Will Walk the Junior GNR

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

It's a Miracle Our Son Will Walk the Junior GNR

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Byline: Michael Brown Reporter m.brown@ncjmedia.co.uk

PROUD parents will today hope to see their son climb out of his wheelchair to walk across the Junior Great North Run finish line.

As previously reported in the Chronicle, Dylan Marshall suffers from a rare genetic condition, Larsen's Syndrome, but hopes to bounce back from his latest lifesaving surgery in the most spectacular fashion.

"When we went to see the consultant she noticed something was wrong straight away as Dylan's head was tilted to one side," said mum Victoria, 33.

"However, there was nobody in the North East who could do the surgery as Mr Todd, who operated who operated T on Dylan when he was younger, had retired the year before.

"Consequently we went to Great Ormond Street, and while they said they could do it there'd be an 85% chance he would come back paralysed, on a ventilator for the rest of his life or not at all.

"The operation in October 2012 lasted 7.5 hours - when he went down to theatre he was riding a push-along bike, but when he came back he couldn't move.

"We hadn't realised how bad it was until he came back like that."

Dylan underwent more than seven months of intensive physio and orthopaedic therapy, followed by continuing rehabilitation at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.

And in January this year the Toon-mad ten-year-mad ten-year-T old fulfilled his dream of becoming the Magpies' mascot for their game against Manchester City.

"That was the turning point," said Victoria, "and since then he's wanted to excel more and more.

"A" nd to now see him standing and walking is a miracle." Larsen's syndrome causes dislocations of bones - in the youngster's case in his spine. With his vertebrae at an angle and pushing down on his spinal cord, threatening to paralyse him, at 14 months old Dylan underwent pioneering surgery at Newcastle General Hospital, in which four of his neck bones were removed and replaced with one of his lower left ribs. …

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