Albuquerque boy’s family needs money to cover surgery trip

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The family of a 7-year-old Albuquerque boy is trying to raise money to get to a Missouri hospital for a surgery that could allow him to walk.

KOB-TV in Albuquerque (http://bit.ly/1IbJba7 ) says Alex Swetland’s parents need $5,000 to cover travel expenses so he can undergo spinal surgery in St. Louis.

Alex was born three months premature and was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at age 2.

His mother, Anita Apodaca, says the surgery would be performed on the nerves in his spine. She says the procedure would ease his pain and boost the chances that he could walk someday.

The family has started a GoFundMe page.

As of Saturday, the page has amassed nearly $4,000 in donations.

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Information from: KOB-TV, http://www.kob.com

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