Happy Christmas for Padiham baby Fred as fund-raising total is met

Five-month-old baby Fred Worth with his mum Fiona Clarke who need to raise �2,000 for private treatment on his head so he can lead a normal life.'Photo Ben Parsons

Five-month-old baby Fred Worth with his mum Fiona Clarke who need to raise �2,000 for private treatment on his head so he can lead a normal life.'Photo Ben Parsons

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A BABY boy from Padiham, who captured the hearts of people across the Burnley area, and his devoted family are set to have a merry Christmas after they reached their target to fund his life-changing treatment.

Little Fred Worth’s mum has also been told that treatment to re-align his head using a special helmet has so far been a success.

The Express revealed last month how six-month-old Fred, who lives with mum Fiona Clarke in Russell Terrace, was born with plagiocephaly, which causes one side of the skull to be flat.

The condition was causing his ear, cheekbone and forehead to move forward as well as a flat area on the back right side of his head and Fiona feared it could leave him deformed and needing a series of operations as he got older.

Although unavailable on the NHS, a private clinic in Leeds said it would fit the pioneering helmet for £2,000 and scans have already shown a significant improvement in Fred’s condition.

Before he had the helmet fitted, his condition was classed as severe but, after just six weeks, it has been downgraded to moderate.

The appeal to fund Fred’s treatment has now reached £2,242 and the extra cash will go towards helping another child through the Headstart4Babies charity.

Fiona said: “I want to say a great big thank-you to everybody who has donated and helped in various ways, not just those who have donated money but those who have donated their time. It’s brilliant.”

Doctors have said Fred will have to wear the helmet for another four months and should be able to have it removed at the beginning of April.

“The treatment has made such a big difference, you can see from the scans that Fred’s had and just by looking at him.

“We’re looking forward to Christmas now.”