A couple are appealing for help to buy their baby son a special helmet which will treat a condition classed as ‘cosmetic’ by the NHS.
Adorable Jack Davies was born with plagiocephaly, more commonly known as ‘flat head syndrome’.
The condition can affect up to 20 per cent of babies, but reconstructive treatment through a special helmet is not available on the NHS as it is classed as non-medical.
Mum Amy Pearson, 25, and her partner John Davies, 40, from Pye Nest, Halifax, have raised nearly £1,000 towards the £2,000 private bill to get four-month-old Jack special treatment.
It’s now a race against time to get Jack his helmet before he reaches six-months-old and the soft spot of his skull closes.
Amy, who is currently on maternity leave, said: “Our three-year-old daughter Isobelle had the condition when she was born.
“We took her to the consultant at Calderdale Royal Hospital - they said there was nothing they could do and it would right itself.
“We just left it, because we didn’t think anything else of it.
“It has come right a little bit, but not completely and when we took Jack, they told us exactly the same thing.
“My friend said to me that she had been to the Steeper Clinic in Leeds and that’s when we decided to take Jack.
“They did scans of his head and they have said he falls in the severely deformed category and that he desperately needs a helmet to correct his head shape.
“He hasn’t got any problems, but our little girl has developed really bad vision and has got a lazy eye.
“We don’t want the same for Jack, especially as it could be even worse. The NHS say that it is cosmetic and not medical.”
If all goes to plan, Jack will be fitted for the special helment in March and it will be made in America.
Amy added: “It would give us peace of mind and we would know that he wouldn’t have any difficulties then.
“With Jack being worse than Isobelle, we want to get it early. With her we let it go, we took the advice, but with Jack we can’t do that.
“There’s going to be families out there who will take it as gospel, but we want people to know that there is help.
“It does cost money, but it is going to be worth it for Jack. If you have any doubts, get it looked into straight away.”
To help the family out with their fundraising mission, visit crowdfunding.justgiving.com/amy-pearson-1