Dad’s plea for help

Single parent Jonathan Baxter is launching an appeal to help fund a sensory room in his house for his severely disabled stepson Mark

Single parent Jonathan Baxter is launching an appeal to help fund a sensory room in his house for his severely disabled stepson Mark

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MARK Hilton, 9, has been left with severe brain damage following a serious seizure.

The youngster has cerebral palsy and epilepsy and just over three months ago was found by his step-dad Jonathan Baxter having a fit resulting in extreme brain damage and liver failure.

While Mark’s liver is slowly returning to normal, his brain has been so badly damaged that he will never be the same again.

The little boy is now totally dependent on Jonathan and his carers and requires 24-hour care.

Single parent Jonathan, from Marsh Green, is now faced with the task of completely redecorating his home to accommodate Mark and his disability, but at a cost.

Jonathan, 34, is hoping local people can help him purchase items to aid Mark’s development.

He said: “Mark can’t communicate or do anything for himself at all.

“He used to be able to talk a little, he could say people’s names at least.

“He could feed himself with a bottle and he recognised people but now it’s like the slate has been wiped clean and we have gone backwards, he now has the mental ability of a baby.

“He can’t talk anymore and doesn’t really recognise anyone.

“When he is home from hospital, we would love to try and turn his bedroom into a sensory room.

“We also need new furniture, lots of bedding and the garden doing. The things we need are relatively low cost but with the travel costs incurred to and from all the different hospitals over the last few months, I can’t do this alone.”

Jonathan gave up work six-and-a-half years ago to care for Mark and his brother Carl, six, full time.

Anybody who wishes to help should email XvendesX@hotmail.com.