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|Botox Helps Boy Walk Again|
|Wednesday, 21 November 2007|
William Scott, aged 10, from County Durham was told by doctors that he would be wheel-chair bound as a result of Perthes Disease, a degenerative disease that causes the loss of bone mass and the collapse of the hip joint.
The problems began after William complained about a pain in his knees as a result of football training back in November 2005. The disease forced him to miss school for 10 months and left him confined to a wheelchair and in constant pain.
Last December William was fitted with metal rods across his hips, to help compensate for the damage caused by the bone condition. These were later replaced by an external metal brace, which was put in place to support the hips while new bone grew. However it was the cosmetic surgery drug that finally allowed the boy to walk again for first time in over 19 months.
The four month course of Botox injections was used to successfully relax his muscles to help recover from surgery at Sunderland Royal Hospital. William’s mother Karen, 42, said: "We had never heard of Botox being used for anything but cosmetic reasons.
“We couldn't believe it when they said they were going to inject him with it. But it worked wonders. To see him walk again was just incredible.
"It is all thanks to his brilliant surgeon Gavin DeKiewiet and the rest of Sunderland Royal's Lower Limb Reconstruction team."
See our detailed guide if you’re interested in finding out more about what Botulinum Toxin injections can do for you. You can find range of clinics in Durham or use our interactive map to search for cosmetic surgery providers in your area.
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