Kyle Weaver has surgery in USA after family's £22,000 gift

Doctors hope Kyle Weaver will be walking unaided within a year

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A £22,000 donation from one family to another has allowed a young boy with cerebral palsy to have life-changing surgery in America.

Before surgery Kyle Weaver, three, from Colwyn Bay was unable to walk unaided.

Treatment was made possible after Kevin and Christine Williams, from Conwy, donated money raised for their daughter, Abigail, who no longer benefits from continued treatment.

Kyle's parents hope he will take his first unaided steps within the year.

Mr and Mrs Williams had collected the money to pay for pioneering stem cell treatment for their daughter Abigail, seven.

'Mammoth thing'

When it was discovered that Abigail, who suffers from Batten disease which affects her mobility and senses, would not benefit from continued treatment they contacted Kyle's family.

The families live just 10 miles (17km) from each other and although they did not know each other before they have now become firm friends.

Before his surgery Kyle was in constant pain in his legs and feet and the family was working hard to raise the £50,000 needed for his treatment at the St Louis hospital in Missouri.

Sam Weaver, Kyle's mother, said raising the money to take Kyle for treatment had been difficult.

"It was a mammoth thing to do with both of us working full-time and trying to raise that amount of money and go through everything.

"It was quite a difficult decision to make but at the end of the day it was the best thing for Kyle."

The family had been amazed at the generosity of Abigail's parents, she added.

"We couldn't believe it. We thought it was someone playing a joke on us to start with... it's such a huge amount of money," she said.

Kyle is now having regular physiotherapy and his parents hope to see him take his first unaided steps within the year.

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