About the SDR operation for

Chris Brittain


My name is Chris Brittain , I am 7 years old and live in Addlestone, Surrey in the UK. 

I have a condition called Cerebral Palsy Spastic Diplegia, which before my operation made my legs were very stiff, they ached a lot and I needed to wear splints to school each day. I could kind of walk but only for a maximum of 10-15 minutes.  I used to have a special walker in the playground because my balance was not very good.

This has all changed, as my family, friends and the local community raised enough money to have a special operation called a Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) which allowed me to walk without a wheelchair, and stop my legs from aching.  I can now walk for hours upon hours and my gate is becoming normal. I also have stopped the risk of future deformities in the future.

This is about my story of SDR. The journey I had through the operation and changes after. It is also about how friends and the community really helped me raise the money for the operation.

Our target amount was £52,000 to cover the operation, subsequent physiotherapy for a year and travel costs.  We completed raising these funds in January 2012.

You can read all about my journey and the SDR procedure on the other website pages.

Here is a link so you can see my operation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEcWOShjz4c

The following link shows BEFORE and AFTER my SDR operation so you can really see the difference it has made to my life and my families lives too.


Love Chris.