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How Botox helped a little Boy

Wanted to share what I read this morning, botox can do wonders for a lot of people.

Published on Monday 26 December 2011 14:00

A BATTLING youngster who was left brain damaged when he was attacked by his own father as a baby has had another round of botox to release the tense muscles in limbs.

Seven-year-old Joshua Cool had his first round of the treatment on his arms around six months ago to relax his tight tendons.

The botox injections – usually used for cosmetic purposes to free the face of wrinkles – helped to loosen his arm muscles so they could lie in a more “normal” position.

And as a result of the treatment’s success the youngster had a further course, this time in his wrists and legs which also suffer from tendon and muscular tightness.

His grandad and full-time carer Tony Mandry, 48, said: “It worked so well the first time round in his arms that the doctors suggested trying it in his legs and wrists as well.

“It made such a difference to his arms instead of them being all tight and drawn up, they were so much more relaxed.

“The doctors thought it would have the same effect in helping to straighten his wrists and legs which are also really tight and drawn.

“So we went along for the treatment and they put this numbing cream onto his skin first so he wouldn’t feel the injections going in and it’s worked great again. It works wonders.”

Tony, of Lancaster Road, Hartlepool, added: “We’d try anything to make Joshua more comfortable and this has really helped.”

Joshua, who also lives with his gran, Pam Mandry, was left brain damaged and unable to walk, talk or even sit up properly after his father Paul Cool shook him severely when he was just weeks old.

He also and stubbed out a cigarette on him.

Following the horrendous attack in July 2004 Joshua is diagnosed blind, is fed through stomach peg, has had to have operations to tie up his stomach to stop him vomiting, to correct his bottom eyelids which turned in and over, and needs surgery on his hips.

He has a “turn” in his eye, suffers stunted growth of the head, cannot sit, stand, speak, hold his head or grasp anything with his hands and suffers with epilepsy and asthma.

Cool, then of Garside Drive, Hartlepool, admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and doing an act intended to pervert the course of justice.

Muscle spasms and Botox !

Botox has been available in the United States for clinical use since 1989. At that time it was approved by the FDA for treatment of eye and facial muscle spasm disorders,
blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm respectively. Then in 2000 the FDA approved Myobloc for treatment of cervical dystonia, a condition of involuntary neck muscle spasm. Botox isn’t just to keep as young, but it can actually help with several things besides beauty.

Prior to the use of Botox, it was very difficult to treat muscle spasm disorders. Medications had side effects and surgery had limited benefit associated with the risk of complications. Botox opened an entirely new avenue to treat spasticity. The drug works by causing a chemical relaxation of muscles that are injected. Botox is highly selective in that it remains in the muscles that it is injected into. Patients with cervical dystonia have difficulty with their head pulling to one side of the other. They may also have their head pulling backward or forward. Not only is this condition painful, it also causes patients to have functional difficulty with activities such as driving, playing sports or even eating. In patients with limb dystonia, there is involuntary spasm of an arm, leg or both. This can cause difficulty with dressing, walking or even personal hygiene (if their hand is fisted up.) Botox (or Myobloc) can provide excellent relief of these symptoms thereby improving patients’ quality of life. For patients with severe muscle spasticity from stroke, Botox provides relief of the tight muscles allowing for greater ease in certain activities. It is important
to note that Botox (or Myobloc) will not restore function of any limb affected by the stroke. What the treatment will do is provide increased comfort due to reducing pain from spasm and allow for improvedease in doing some daily activities.