SOUTH YORKSHIRE football fans are being urged to help fund therapies to improve the quality of a disabled toddler’s life.
Two-year-old William Stones was a happy, healthy baby until he underwent a routine operation for an upper airway infection at 14 months.
The youngster’s heart stopped while he was under the knife, causing a lack of oxygen and bloodflow to his brain.
He spent six months in Doncaster Royal Infirmary, where he was diagnosed with athetoid cerebral palsy and his parents Dave and Julie were told he was unlikely to ever walk, talk, see or hear again.
But thanks to his family’s tireless fundraising efforts, the youngster has defied medics.
William has regained full vision and learned to crawl and stand all over again, largely through private therapies.
Dave said: “What he does now is amazing, but there are still some things he can’t do. We were basically told he would be a vegetable for the rest of his life.
“He doing so well, he’s the same smiley little boy we nearly lost so many times during the early days
“It is the other therapies which have made the most difference and we hope to use more in the future.”
Dave has organised a football tournament to raise funds to for his son’s care and charity Patches, which supports the families of children with cardiac problems.
The football tournament will be played at Goals soccer centre in Norfolk Park Road, Sheffield on October 6.
Organisers are looking for 40 teams of five to pay £50 to compete and there will be a raffle of football memorabilia afterwards.
Ten have signed up already. To sign up to enter a team email email@example.com or call Dave Stones on 07803 242 787.