Cerebral palsy surgery could change Port St. Lucie boy's life

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - A group of five boys, ages nine to eleven, throw their hands up and break it down to hip hop music at True Crew Arts & Ed, a Port St. Lucie dance studio.

Christian Larmon watches them. He has dreams of competing with the True Crew competitive boys team.

"Be free. Not have anything holding me down," he says.

But, he can't bend or jump like the other boys. The 11-year-old from Port St. Lucie has cerebral palsy. Born prematurely, he's had the brain and nerve disorder all his life.

Christian is dependent on his walker or crutches. He can't get around without one or the other. The one thing he wants, more than anything, is to walk without help.

If what doctors say is right, Christian's life is about to change. In early July he's getting a specialized surgery for kids with spastic cerebral palsy. It's called selective dorsal rhizotomy.

Christian's family had to apply with a video and x-rays, as part of the selection process. Christian was deemed a perfect candidate.

"He just dropped to the ground. He was so excited when I told him. It was amazing," said Christian's mother, Krissy Larmon. She said the surgery will make her son's legs more flexible, and he'll learn to walk without the aid of his walker. Christian has bigger plans than just walking freely.

"Ride my bike. Run," said Christian.

"With his determination and his whole belief system, he's going to do it," said dance teacher Toni Pressimone.

Christian is not wasting time waiting until the bid day comes. He is busy inspiring his peers, with his moves.

The True Crew Boyz performed a dance choreographed with Christian in mind. And, the one move that gets him the most street creed? His smile.

Christian's surgery is scheduled for July 3. He leaves in about a week for St. Louis Children's Hospital in Missouri, and plans to come back 10 days later with a new lease on life.

Christian's mother says the surgery costs 40 thousand dollars, and but several groups have held fundraisers donating about 16 thousand dollars.

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