Toddler set for sight treatment in Thailand as appeal nets £17,000

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A BLIND toddler is closer to having potentially life-changing treatment in Thailand thanks to a major boost to fundraising.

Lyle Duckworth’s family say he will definitely be able to have the stem cell injections sooner than this winter, as originally planned, as they have collected £17,000.

The treatment, which it is hoped will improve the 20-month-old’s vision and his movement, costs £25,000 and he is not able to undergo it in the UK.

Lyle, from Whinmoor, Leeds, had to be resuscitated at birth after being delivered 15 weeks premature.

He suffered bleeding to his brain and has been left blind and with cerebral palsy which has affected his movement.

After his fundraising appeal was publicised in the Yorkshire Evening Post, support flooded in and now a charity night at Swarcliffe WMC has collected over £4,100.

His mum Paula McGregor said: “We were really pleased and it was a great night.

“The fundraising is going 
absolutely brilliantly and we will definitely be able to get there sooner.”

To contribute, visit or text 70070 Lyle49 and the amount.