Parents of disabled son in desperate plea for help

Thursday, 15 March 2018

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THE Omagh parents of a severely disabled boy who have to survive on just three hours sleep a night to look after him say they are at breaking point.
Five-year-old Carson Colton from Highfield Close is a child with complex needs according to his parents, Brian and Adele. Their world and that of his four sisters, who range in age from six to 11 years old, has revolved around the young boy's health needs.
His challenges include severe autism, severe global development delay, severe learning disability, being non verbal and still in nappies as well as suffering from poor sleep, low muscle tone and severe allergies. He attends Arvalee Special School where he receives 3-1 care - three people have to look after him full-time on a daily basis.
Now on top of all these, Carson has outgrown the main pivotal device that gives him, and his family, some semblance of normality, a special activity chair. Mr and Mrs Colton says he is too big for his current chair, but they have been told by the Western Trust that their severely disabled son is not eligible to receive a new chair for another three years - when he's eight-years-old.
Beyond means
The impact of the disability has been further heightened by the fact that the family are now forced to raised 4,153 to buy a new chair - which they say is far beyond their means.


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