Hartlepool schoolboy Alfie Smith has started to struggle as he battles his way to one day walking pain free and unaided.
The nine-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, has begun his physiotherapy which will hopefully see him eventually on his feet.
It’s really hard, emotionally, physically and mentally for Alfie as he’s gone from sort of getting around using his kaywalker to having everything taken away from him.Annie Stalley
The Throston Primary School pupil underwent life-changing surgery, earlier this month, at Leeds General Hospital.
But, following his initial release from hospital and subsequent physio session going well. his mum says he has now started to struggle.
Annie Stalley, who has been by her son’s side throughout said: “We’ve tried him in his walker but he doesn’t have the strength to do that.
“He has gone backwards physically and he’s finding it so hard.
“You get told what is going to happen but you never expect it to be as bad as this.”
She added: “It’s really hard, emotionally, physically and mentally for Alfie as he’s gone from sort of getting around using his walker to having everything taken away from him.
“The physios are concentrating on building his strength, to try and get him to balance on his high knees but it’s like he’s not even there.
“It’s like he has lost all concentration and motivation.”
His mum added: “It’s heartbreaking to watch. It’s heartbreaking to watch him struggle, to see him not being the happy boy we all know.
“We have two weeks left in Leeds and I’m doing everything I can to try and motivate him.
“Hopefully once we’re back home it will give him the boost he needs.”
Since, his discharge from hospital, Alfie’s medication has been reduced and his dressing following surgery has been taken off.
The operation, Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy, and essential aftercare has been made possible after people from across the North East helped to fundraise to cover the cost.
A number of fundraising events are still to take place to ensure enough money is available as starts his long road to recovery.