Landmark surgery for toddler with brain injury

Jay Shetty is having pioneering surgery to rewire his brain using his brother's stem cells. 

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Jay can't move his arms or legs after suffering a brain injury at birth, but his family hopes this world-first procedure will change that. Stem cells will be taken from Jay's one-year-old brother Kairav which experts hope will allow him to perform new muscular movements. The youngster cannot move his arms and legs properly after suffering a brain injury shortly after he was born, but his parents are hopeful younger brother Kairav may hold the key for his recovery. Mum Shilpa Shetty, 39, said: "We're delighted that Jay has been accepted for this study. "It could lessen his symptoms of cerebral palsy to the extent that he may even be able to walk and talk which would just be wonderful."  Shilpa and husband Raj have been told that there is a high chance that one-year-old Kairav will be a stem cell match for his big brother. The unique treatment is part of a unique study at Duke University, North Carolina, for which the family have been forced to fund by setting up online crowd funding. Jay, from Wimbledon, west London, has also been blind for the past three years due to poor blood flow between his optic nerve and brain. He receives 40 weeks of physical therapy treatment in London and travels to Poland several times a year for more intensive physiotherapy in an effort to improve his condition. Shilpa added: "Like any mother, I will do everything possible to make life better for my son. "I am determined to find the money to pay for the cost of these therapies. "How can I not when it potentially means a better life for him?"
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