A couple have raised money for a piece of equipment that could further improve the treatment in West Norfolk of an ear condition that affects their eldest son.
Joshua Watts, nine, could have eventually become deaf or even contracted a brain abscess or meningitis if Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital had not diagnosed and treated his cholesteatoma.
The condition results in an abnormal collection of skin cells in the ear and Joshua had to undergo major surgery to have them removed. During the operation the bones inside his left ear had to be reconstructed.
Now Joshua’s parents Sabrina and Richard Watts, of Westgate, Hunstanton, have raised £400 towards the cost of a laser that could help the hospital remove the cells without the need for surgery in some cases.
Mrs Watts said: “We felt so grateful that he had a diagnosis and had been treated and the surgeon and his team were excellent.
“When he said he wanted this laser, we thought if enough people raise money or donate he could have it.”
Joshua will have to undergo further operations and treatment for his cholesteatoma in coming years and will need annual checks on his ears.
Sabrina, 29, came up with the idea of a sponsored leg wax to raise money and Richard, 33, agreed to take part. Their local beauty salon Keelies, in High Street, Hunstanton, provided the venue.
Mrs Watts said: “We would like to thank everybody involved in Joshua’s treatment so far and also those that gave sponsorship, particularly Keelie’s Beauty Salon for carrying out the leg wax.”