Local WIthnall family have had to deal with much more than many family's have to in a lifetime.
Four years ago, James and Courtney Withnall welcomed their first child into the world, Zachary Maxwell Withnall. Zac has had trouble from his first breath or lack there of as he was not breathing and needed to be resuscitated. He managed to survive due to the diligence of the medical staff and instinct from his mum. Further tests where conducted with the findings being Zac had a congenital heart condition.
A congenital heart defect is a problem with the structure of the heart and was present at birth. Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect and can involve the walls of the heart, the valves of the heart, and the arteries and veins near the heart. Zac had a number of defects, not just one and because of this he was frail and normal day to day activities for a baby took a lot of effort for him.
Zac's father, James, is a very motivated and caring young man. A charitable person who started his working career as a clown for a child entertainment company, he then progressed to calling bingo for an organisation called “learning links” helping children with learning disabilities and difficulties. James was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 5 and is insulin dependent, this has been something he has need to control closely for nearly his whole life. At the age of seventeen he had a severe case of muscular disorder to his left leg that has come and gone at different times and intensity over the years. He has just recently been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, firstly limping with his bad leg and currently having to walk with the aid of a walking stick. Indications have been that it is getting worse and he is now trialling different drugs in an effort to balance between stabilisation and the effect the drugs may have on other parts of his body.
The family are trying to raise funds so they can renovate their home and make it more disability accessible for the family.
If you feel you can help the Withnall family donate to their GoFund me.