Six year old Pranav Prudhvi from Milton Keynes has been given another reason to celebrate following his recent surgery, as award-winning housebuilder, CALA Homes, has donated £500 to contribute towards the costs of his after-care.
Pranav was born prematurely at 30 weeks, weighing just 3lb, and spent 18 days in the newborn intensive care unit. At 15 months old, Pranav was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, causing a permanent tightness in his legs which resulted in mobility difficulties. Pranav’s family successfully managed to raise an astonishing £50,000 for Pranav to receive Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR), a surgery that has been pioneered by doctors in America, which aims to reduce the spasticity of the muscles in the legs.
Pranav received his SDR surgery on 18th April 2019 in St Louis Children’s Hospital, Missouri, which completely removed the tightness from his legs. He now requires intense physiotherapy for the next three years in order to re-build strength in his legs, and his family continue to raise money for his ongoing recovery.
CALA Homes, whose Whitehouse development is situated off Watling Street, put them one step closer to their goal, with a £500 contribution to Pranav’s cause.
Usha Prudhvi, Pranav’s mother, said: “Pranav is a terrific, bright, little boy with a mind like any other six year old. He’s been living with cerebral palsy for nearly five years, but this hasn’t dampened his spirit nor determination to one day be able to walk independently. His surgery went really well and has reduced the spasticity in his leg muscles, but now the hard work starts.
“Pranav will need to have intense physiotherapy five days a week for the next three years in order to be able to walk freely. That’s why we’re so grateful to CALA Homes for their generous donation towards Pranav’s aftercare, which is a really crucial part of his recovery, and requires just as much funding as the surgery itself.”
Neil Simpson, Sales and Marketing Director for CALA Homes (Midlands), adds: “When we heard Pranav’s story we were really inspired by his strong-willed determination to be able to walk independently. We wanted to provide him and his family with some funding to continue his physiotherapy and recovery. We will be keeping a close eye on Pranav’s progress, and can’t wait to eventually see him walking by himself.”
Whitehouse forms part of a large urban extension to Milton Keynes, providing a thriving new community which is home to a realm of shops, a supermarket, health centre, a range of leisure facilities and more. It also benefits from a high standard of local education, with Ashbrook Primary School located less than one mile away from the development, rated as Outstanding by Ofsted.
Located equidistant between Birmingham and London, the nearest train station is situated less than three miles from the development, providing direct trains to London Euston in just 35 minutes and Birmingham New Street in less than an hour. For those needing to travel further afield; Heathrow, Luton, Stansted, Coventry and Birmingham airports are all just one hour away.
Milton Keynes itself offers a broad range of retail opportunities with over 400 shops, restaurants and bars, as well as two shopping centres, Centre:MK and Intu Milton Keynes. There is also a wealth of sports and leisure opportunities nearby.
Pranav’s journey through his surgery and recovery is also being followed by a media company for a major broadcasting channel in the UK. For further information on Pranav Prudhvi or to donate to his cause, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/just4children/pranavswishtowalk or head to his Facebook page.
For further information on the homes at CALA at Whitehouse, visit http://www.cala.co.uk. Alternatively visit the showhome open daily from 10.30am to 5pm or call 01908 464 128.