A couple have launched a fundraising drive to help their son who suffers from ‘flat head syndrome’.
Rebecca Wilson and Aaron Younghusband are hoping to raise £2,000 to buy a specially-fitted helmet to help their nine-month-old son Finley after he was diagnosed as suffering from plagiocephaly.
If left untreated, Finley’s head will continue to grow with the left hand side of his skull remaining flat.
Miss Wilson, 21, from Buckingham, Lakeside Village, Sunderland, said: “Finley has a full head of bouncy hair so it wasn’t really noticeable at first, but when we were at the clinic and the doctor put material on his head, you could see how bad it was.
“I got myself quite upset, as without his hair you could see how bad it was.
“He was put onto a 3D scanner and we were told it was severely out of shape and advised to get him a specially made helmet.
“But because it is classed as a cosmetic and not a medical need, the NHS won’t pay for it.”
In a bid to correct the problem, his parents are trying to raise the money needed to fund a specially-fitted helmet which will correct the condition.
The helmet works by applying pressure to “bulging” parts of the skull and relieve pressure from other parts, allowing growth in the flatter areas.
They are designed to be used while a baby’s skull is still soft, with treatment ideally starting around the age of five or six months old.
A family fun day has been organised for Sunday August 30 at Ashbrooke Sports Bar, West Lawn, Ashbrooke, Sunderland, and a fundraising page has already raised £1,406.
The event will feature mascots, bouncy castles, face painting and other family-based activities.
Entry is £1.50 and doors open at 1pm.
A Crowdfunding page has been set up where people can make a donation to the cause.
To make a donation visit https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/finley-future.