Padiham baby Fred gets all-clear after pioneering medical treatment

ALL SMILES: Baby Fred Worth with his dad Leighton.'Photo Ben Parsons
ALL SMILES: Baby Fred Worth with his dad Leighton.'Photo Ben Parsons

A BABY boy who captured the hearts of people across Burnley and Padiham when he needed pioneering treatment to prevent his head becoming deformed in later life has been given the all-clear by doctors.

Nine-month-old Fred Worth was born with a severe skull condition which, if left untreated, could have caused one side of his skull to be flat.

Baby Fred Worth.'Photo Ben Parsons

Baby Fred Worth.'Photo Ben Parsons

His parents, Fiona Clarke and Leighton Worth, of Russell Terrace, Padiham, launched an appeal to raise funds so that Fred could have private treatment in Leeds, unavailable on the NHS, and donations from the public poured in.

He was fitted with a special helmet in November to re-align his head and, after just four months, he has had the device removed.

Delighted dad Leighton said: “We’ve been to Leeds and they’ve said his head is 100% better now. If we were to go now and ask for treatment they wouldn’t do it because he doesn’t need it, that’s how well he’s done.

“They’ve just told us to keep him sat up a lot. But he’s going to be fine. It’s absolutely brilliant.

“We’re over the moon. You can tell by looking at him that his head’s a lot better.

“It means he won’t have to have any operations when he’s older. Without the helmet he would’ve had to have surgery on his jaw, his eye and his ear.”

And Leighton praised his little son for the way he coped with treatment.

“He’s just giggled his way through it, he wakes up giggling. But if I try and put a hat on him now when we go out, he pulls it off.

“We just want to say a big thank you to all the people who donated money and helped with fund-raising. We’ve been so lucky.”