Cieran is a healthy 10 year old boy despite having dealt with more physical hardship than most of us adults. Cieran was born a healthy 6lb 2oz on the 24/05/2005 at Chester hospital. 13 months later, just a week after he started walking, he was struck down by Meningococcal Septicaemia and as a result lost both legs from below the knee and lots of fingers leaving him only one full finger. Every day we smile, laugh and cry with him knowing it could have been very different. The after effects of Meningitis are still pretty unknown, Cieran’s teeth have been affected, he has behavioural issues and the growth plates in his legs and wrists have also been damaged, yet Cieran faces life head on with positivity and hope for the future.
Cieran’s Trust Fund has been started to give Cieran not only the best legs that he deserves but also to give him a bright and happy future. Up until the age of 6, Cieran was fitted with NHS prosthetic legs, however these were heavy, cumbersome, uncomfortable and with limited ankle movement, all of these factors contributing to Cieran only wearing his legs for around 3 hours per day. We started raising money for Cieran to visit The London Prosthetics Clinic in Leeds. Here we met Paul Leishman where Cieran was measured and fitted with custom made, high-tech, high-definition prosthetic legs. The initial outlay for these legs was £7,500 which with the help of our family, friends and the local community we were able to raise from our first charity event, our Midnight Walk in October 2011. These legs changed Cieran’s life for the better, he is able to wear them for longer periods of time, they no longer cause him discomfort, he can independently take them on and off, and he is proud to show them off and is often referred to as ‘robot’ boy. After seeing the change in Cieran with these new legs, we obviously wanted better for him and to give him the chance to access sports. This took us then down the road of blades and specially made flippers.
In time we would like to think that Cieran can also enjoy trips and holidays away with no limits or restrictions due to his disability and even further down the line, as a family, we would love to be able to help other families with children like Cieran who have lost limbs due to Meningitis/Meningococcal Septicaemia, who also deserve the independence and freedom that we all take for granted. It shouldn’t be much to ask for the best for our children, however we face daily battles for the simplest of things for Cieran, so now we will walk for him, dance for him and jump out planes to help him ‘Walk Tall’.