Padiham mum’s plea to help poorly baby Fred

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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THE devoted mum of a five-month-old baby from Padiham who suffers from a severe skull condition which could leave him deformed, has launched an appeal to fund treatment which will allow him to lead a normal life.

Tiny Fred Worth was born with plagiocephaly, which causes one side of the skull to be flat. The condition is already causing his ear, cheekbone and forehead to move forward as well as a flat area on the back right side of his head.

If left untreated his vision, hearing, jaw placement, speech and development could all suffer as he gets older.

His mum, Miss Fiona Clarke (31), of Russell Terrace, has found a private clinic in Leeds which will treat Fred by fitting him with a specially-designed helmet to re-align his head.

The treatment is not available on the NHS and costs £2,000. Fiona, a nursery nurse, is now looking to raise money so Fred can have the helmet fitted. He will have to wear the device for 23 hours a day for eight months but Fiona said the treatment will give her baby boy the chance of a normal life.

“When he was younger I noticed a lump in his neck. It was treatable and he had physio but then I noticed there was a flat area on his head. It’s been classed as very severe, already his face is pushing his cheekbone and forehead forward. He has to go to the clinic on November 1st and I had to pay £500 for that but I put it on a credit card as I haven’t got the money. At the moment Fred’s developing normally but he needs this treatment.”

As well as raising cash for Fred’s treatment through a charity called Headstart4babies, Fiona also wants to make people aware of the condition.

“I want to let people in Burnley and Padiham know about it so they don’t have to go through the same thing. Fred is such a happy little baby. He’s doing really well in every other way.”

To donate money for Fred’s treatment visit www.justgiving.com/BabyFred.