A RETAIL worker was so affected by the story of a seriously ill youngster that she created a fundraiser to help raise funds for his costly medical treatment.

Louie George Wood was born prematurely at 28 weeks and has quadriplegic spastic cerebral palsy, periventricular leukomalacia - a type of brain injury in which cysts form on the brain - and global developmental delay.

The four-year-old has since defied doctors but needs surgery to help him to walk.

However, the surgery can’t be performed under the NHS and Louie’s parents, Jodie Morgan and Tom Wood, created a fundraising page to help raise the £120,000 needed for the surgery in America.
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They have since raised more than £88,000 and after hearing his plight, Currys customer service worker Jessica Humphreys decided she would do all she could to help raise funds.

“My friend is friends with Jodie and she told me abut Louie and what he was going through,” said Jessica, 26. “His story floored me and I knew I wanted to do anything I could to help.”

Overnight, Jessica created a raffle within the Currys store on Peel Retail Park to help raise funds.

“I was up all night making things for the raffle table,” added Jessica. “Louie’s story really affected me because I could have been in the same situation.

“Like Louie, my daughter was born 28 weeks early and it was a very scary time. She’s now five and has no lasting health problems but I could have been in the same position as Jodie.

“If I were in her shoes I would want to give my child the best chance and that’s why I wanted to help in any way I could.”