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Can you help eight-year-old James?

PUBLISHED: 12:00 14 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:16 01 July 2010

James Morrison

James Morrison

Kate Scotter

A single mum is hoping a bit of community spirit will help pay for her son's treatment after he was diagnosed with a condition which doctors say cannot be resolved for up to eight years.

A single mum is hoping a bit of community spirit will help pay for her son's treatment after he was diagnosed with a condition which doctors say cannot be resolved for up to eight years.

Young James Morrison, eight, from Thorpe Marriott, has one leg smaller than the other. He also has a clubfoot and kidney disease which means he has to go to hospital regularly.

The Taverham Junior School pupil has shoes specially made for his feet, which cost his mum Lisa £250 for three pairs each time and he is currently undergoing treatment with a chiropractor which costs £26 per session.

Medics have said that they are unable to treat the youngster until his bones have stopped growing which is likely to be when he is 16.

But his mum is concerned that his leg length discrepancy will affect him before he reaches that age.

A fund has now been set up to help her cover the costs of potential private treatment.

The mum-of-two, who also has a five-year-old daughter Grace, said: “His left leg is very thin compared to his right and they can't do much about it until he has finished growing.

“It doesn't bother him too much at the moment but he can't run around too much or play football as his ankle gives way.

“The chiropractor can't lengthen his leg but can stop his spine from curving anymore. If he doesn't have treatment then his spine might get worse and he might be unable to walk - I don't want that to happen, he's only eight and has been through enough.”

Young James' leg length discrepancy is on the same leg as his clubfoot. The youngster also has polycystic kidney disease.

In a bid to help his mum pay for treatment, P1 Technology Partners, based in Cringleford, has set up a fundraising website.

It is hoped businesses will get onboard to help the youngster.

A spokesman from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital said: “The clinical team have seen the patient and are taking a view on what's most clinically appropriate for the patient.

“The patient cannot undergo an operation until his bones have stopped growing which will be when he is around 16.”

To find out more about James and to donate money, go to www.thejamesfund.co.uk

Do you know a child who is battling health problems? Call reporter Kate Scotter on 01603 772326 or email kate.scotter@archant.co.uk

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