Two young brothers from Burnley who both suffer from cystic fibrosis have taken delivery of state-of-the-art physiotherapy equipment which will change their lives.
The £7,300 physiotherapy vest and machine unit, for Noah (9) and Jayden (4) McGibbon, was bought by the generosity of people across Burnley after Noah’s football team Sycamore United launched a fund-raising campaign.
The boys, who live in Elliott Street with mum Lisa (31) and dad Vinny (34), must attend regular hospital appointments, take medication and vitamins and have physiotherapy sessions twice a day to help with the illness, which affects mainly the lungs but also the liver and pancreas.
The new equipment has already had a huge impact on the family, allowing Lisa to give both boys physiotherapy at the same time.
Lisa said the response to the fund-raising campaign had been overwhelming and she thanked everyone who contributed.
“It’s changed everything. I would say more for us as parents, it’s not as much hassle and we’ve got more time. Now we can do both boys’ physio at the same time. Now they are both at school, they have to have physio before they go for 20 minutes each. They have to have nebulisers as well as getting them up, dressed and ready for school. Now I can put the vest on Noah while I do Jayden’s physio.”
The vest helps clear the airway by giving vibrations to the chest wall, reducing the need for physiotherapy.
After hearing about the brothers’ plight, Noah’s football team Sycamore United sprung into action, holding a host of fund-raising events.
Their school, Brunshaw Primary, also joined in the effort as did total strangers who read Noah and Jayden’s story in the Burnley Express.
“I’d just like to thank Sycamore United, in particular Kieron and Louise Meakin and David White. They started it off and without them it wouldn’t have been possible. I’d also like to thank people who did whatever they could to help. There was one little girl who sold loom bands to help raise money.”
Despite suffering from cystic fibrosis the brothers do not let their illness stand in their way. Both are extremely active, which Lisa said helps manage their condition.
“Exercise is a really important aspect. It helps to open their lungs up. They are both really active.”