A BRAVE five-year-old who had his wish to walk granted is continuing to show improvement, months after undergoing major surgery.

Adam Oomer, a Highfield Primary School pupil, flew to America with his family last summer to have a life-changing selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) operation and surgery to have his tendons lengthened.

Adam, from Morris Green, had previously walked on his tip-toes and was unable to walk far without the aid of a frame as he struggled to keep his balance because of suffering from diplegic cerebral palsy.

The operation was made possible by donations from Bolton people as he was unable to have the operation on the NHS.

His parents Mohammed and Alyha spent months fundraising to pay for the operation at St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri, and travel and accommodation costs for the family, including their other two sons Zayan and Yousuf.

Mrs Oomer said: “Adam is doing remarkably well. We have seen a big difference since he had the operation.

“He still continues to do his daily stretches, splinting, hydrotherapy, treadmill walking and horse riding as well as physio. All this has definitely had an impact. We are also hoping to get him a new tricycle so that he can cycle.

“The recovery from SDR is a gradual process achieved day by day, inch by inch.”

His parents are now awaiting a six-month review to decide whether Adam needs to return to America this summer.

Mrs Oomer added: “He is more confident and happier. It's nice to see him doing things he was unable to do before surgery. And for that we are very, very grateful.”