A BATTLING youngster who was left brain damaged when he was attacked by his own father as a baby has had another round of botox to release the tense muscles in limbs.
Seven-year-old Joshua Cool had his first round of the treatment on his arms around six months ago to relax his tight tendons.
The botox injections – usually used for cosmetic purposes to free the face of wrinkles – helped to loosen his arm muscles so they could lie in a more “normal” position.
And as a result of the treatment’s success the youngster had a further course, this time in his wrists and legs which also suffer from tendon and muscular tightness.
His grandad and full-time carer Tony Mandry, 48, said: “It worked so well the first time round in his arms that the doctors suggested trying it in his legs and wrists as well.
“It made such a difference to his arms instead of them being all tight and drawn up, they were so much more relaxed.
“The doctors thought it would have the same effect in helping to straighten his wrists and legs which are also really tight and drawn.
“So we went along for the treatment and they put this numbing cream onto his skin first so he wouldn’t feel the injections going in and it’s worked great again. It works wonders.”
Tony, of Lancaster Road, Hartlepool, added: “We’d try anything to make Joshua more comfortable and this has really helped.”
Joshua, who also lives with his gran, Pam Mandry, was left brain damaged and unable to walk, talk or even sit up properly after his father Paul Cool shook him severely when he was just weeks old.
He also and stubbed out a cigarette on him.
Following the horrendous attack in July 2004 Joshua is diagnosed blind, is fed through stomach peg, has had to have operations to tie up his stomach to stop him vomiting, to correct his bottom eyelids which turned in and over, and needs surgery on his hips.
He has a “turn” in his eye, suffers stunted growth of the head, cannot sit, stand, speak, hold his head or grasp anything with his hands and suffers with epilepsy and asthma.
Cool, then of Garside Drive, Hartlepool, admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and doing an act intended to pervert the course of justice.
He has since been released from prison after serving four years of his seven-year jail sentence.