Sick youngster getting ready to take first steps

Adam Butterfield with his mum Nicola McAllister and dad John Butterfield. Picture by FRANK REID
Adam Butterfield with his mum Nicola McAllister and dad John Butterfield. Picture by FRANK REID
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ADAM Butterfield could soon be making his parents’s wishes come true – by walking for the first time.

The Peterlee youngster has a condition so rare there are only 200 cases in the world.

He has already needed a string of operations for the problems caused by Emanuel Syndrome, a chromosome abnormality affecting every cell in his tiny body.

There are only 12 reported cases of the syndrome in the UK.

Experts have told his parents Nicola McAllister, 36, and John Butterfield, 40, that Adam could suffer from a string of health conditions including heart seizures, kidney failure, asphyxiation, severe mental health problems and an inability to talk.

But they also initially predicted he would never walk, yet battling Adam may be ready to prove them wrong.

It’s all down to his latest operation in which surgeons rotated his hip and put the lower half of his body in plaster.

The cast was removed on Monday, and once he has undergone physiotherapy, he could take those momentous first steps.

“The operation went well,” said Nicola.

“Now the plaster is off he might be able to take his first few steps because his hip won’t dislocate any more.

“He will need a lot of physiotherapy now he is out of plaster, but it is good news.”