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Josef Sudron

August 2, 2010

A toddler has walked his mother and father down the aisle – despite doctors warning  that he may never stand on his own two feet.

Young Josef was able to join in his parent’s big day using a specially-adapted walking frame that had arrived at their home just two days before the wedding.

Louise Sudron, 24, and Garry, 26, a soldier who has served in Afghanistan, said the device had made their wedding extra special.

The 23-month-old boy has polymicrogyria, a brain condition that has left him deaf and unable to walk unaided. The brave youngster is due to undergo a 10-hour cochlear implant  operation in September.

But the toddler, who uses sign language to communicate with his family takes it all in his stride.

Louise, said: ‘He loves his walking frame. The doctors told me there was a  possibility he would never walk. I never thought I would see it.

‘It was a miracle in my eyes seeing him do it. I hadn’t cried all day but as soon as I saw him walking, that was it, I was off.

‘On the most important day of my life, apart from the day he was born, he did  that for me.’

Louise and Garry have been a couple for three years and got engaged over 18 months ago.

The pair were delighted when Louise fell pregnant, despite the fact Garry, a soldier in the First Rifles Regiment, had to be based in Wales through most of the pregnancy.

Garry was home for the birth but was posted to Afghanistan a short time later.

About two weeks after Josef was born, the pair discovered their baby was deaf.

Josef was fitted with hearing aids, but they did not help and he is currently only using them to prepare for his cochlear operation.

Louise’s mother Marie Healy, 50, said: ‘Louise had also noticed he wasn’t using his hands properly and  looked at the light all the time.’

Louise took Josef to a clinic and he was referred for a brain scan before he was finally diagnosed.

Marie said: ‘It affects the left hand side of his body and he has problems with balance. He can sit up and crawl but doesn’t pick things up with his left hand.

‘He does sign language and both Louise and I go to sign language classes.  Louise has taught him lots of signs like mammy, daddy, grandma and feed me.’

Louise added: ‘When we found out, I just dealt with it and gave him everything  I could. I do his physiotherapy with him every day.

‘He has his cochlear operation on September 17 and hopefully by Christmas he  should be hearing us.

‘I’m looking forward to Josef getting his speech and starting to hear him say  mummy and daddy. People take for granted hearing their child saying, ‘I love  you mammy.’ I would give anything for Josef to say that.’

One Comment leave one →
  1. kevin sudron permalink
    August 3, 2010 4:35 am

    i new he wud i always had fathe in my lil nephnew

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