Freddie completes his neuro-rehabilitation at The Children's Trust, where music therapy played a big part in his recovery

A purple box wrapped with a yellow bow. The symbol of the Extraordinary Music Box Appeal by The Children's Trust.Freddie's Story

Freddie was just two years old when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour that was causing him to have up to 80 seizures a day. His parents took the decision to take him to America to have an operation to remove the tumour and doctors successfully took away 90% of it, but one of his brain stems was damaged leaving him with a brain injury.Freddie could no longer walk, had limited speech and damage to his left eye. He also developed a condition called, Hypothalamic Obesity which left him always hungry and he was putting on a kilo of weight a week further restricting his mobility. Several months after his surgery, his weight had doubled. Once at the Children’s Trust in Surrey, Freddie started to use walking bars and he was taking steps again and over time, he lost a stone in weight.
Abby, Freddie’s mum explained: “The therapy at the Children’s Trust was very intense which left him so tired and upset. The music therapy session were a godsend to us; he could express himself during these sessions and we saw glimmers of his cheeky personality again. He was improving his skills without even realising it.”Abby continues: “Freddie developed a passion for a beat during music therapy – he has good rhythm! Without The Children’s Trust and the help from therapies such as music therapy that supported Freddie during those months, I don’t know where we’d be.”

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