Special pushchair for poorly Rugby boy thanks to pancake race

William's condition causes developmental delays and low muscle tone
William's condition causes developmental delays and low muscle tone

Life has been made that little bit easier for the family of a boy who was born with a rare genetic condition.

William Lamont, two, was diagnosed with Kleefstra Syndrome a year ago – but has now received a specialist pushchair thanks to money raised at Rugby’s pancake race.

William and his mum Emma

William and his mum Emma

The two year old has a tiny piece missing from near the end of one of the body’s 46 chromosomes. It can cause developmental delay, learning difficulty or disability and low muscle tone.

William’s devoted parents, Emma and Paul, who live in Church Lawford, thought there was something wrong when their son was born.

“He had breathing trouble and had to stay in Birmingham Children’s Hospital,” said Emma.

“It was a stressful, traumatic time.”

She said then William didn’t seen to be reaching his normal milestones.

Emma said: “He wasn’t sitting up or grabbing toys like other babies. We got a diagnosis just after his first birthday.”

His parents said although it was a shock, their son is a happy little boy who is always smiling. Emma added: “It is worrying for us because we don’t know what the future holds. We have to have lots of therapy and I have to learn how to play with William.”

They have now received the new pushchair for their son, thanks to the fundraisers.

“He had outgrown conventional pushchairs and we had to carry him. We would like to thank everybody who supported the appeal and pancake race. It means the world to us.”