An appeal to find a lost shoe which helps a a six-year-old disabled child walk has gone viral.
When Sally Curzon Smith and her husband Henry realised their son Rory’s pumps with a special insole had gone missing whilst on holiday in Cornwall, they took to Facebook to reach out to anyone who might have seen it. The appeal has spread across Cornwall, with interest from local media. But almost a week later, Rory’s shoe has not been recovered.
His mum, Sally, of Fulwood, said; “Rory is unable to walk so he has an insole which holds his foot in front position for standing and walking so his ankles don’t roll over.
"We tried specialist shoes but they restricted his walking, so we tried insoles, which were perfect and held his ankles in place.
"Because we don’t have this insole, it is limiting the type of therapy we can do with him. We can't use the other one we have as his posture will be lopsided without using both as a pair.
"We are going back to using specialist boots and a standing frame, but we can’t do this too much as we don’t want to damage his ankle. At the moment Rory is okay as it has only been a few days. We have been doing other therapies but over time his ankles may get damaged because he has no support. We can’t just order new ones, as it is a lengthy process. We need an orthopaedic doctor to take an imprint of his feet as the insoles are made specially, but he is in America. "Then once we do that, the insoles, which cost £220, takes more than three weeks to come.”
Following Sally’s online appeal, one woman has been in touch, but they were unable to locate the shoe. Sally added: “There was one lady who thought she had seen it. As Henry’s parents live in Cornwall they went to look, but it was not there.”
The shoe was lost in Truro city centre on the afternoon on Friday May 5. The family visited Joules, Deichmann, Jack Wills and Fat Face and walked along Boscowen Street. Anyone who has found the shoe can contact Sally on 07971 590562.
Rory’s holiday to Cornwall was a milestone occasion as he was able to travel in a plane for the first time.
He had never been allowed to fly previously because he had chronic lung disease through being born four months premature.
But he was deemed medically fit to fly during the short test flight from Manchester to Newquay.
He was aided by a specialist flight seat, funded through Rock FM’s Cash For Kids charity.
Sally said: “It was a momentous day for Rory and for us as a family as Rory took his first flight - a very short one to check he’s medically fit to fly.”
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