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Little boy in Baxley hoping for life-changing surgery

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BAXLEY, GA (WTOC) -

A little boy in Baxley faces what could be a life-changing surgery. It could help him do at least one thing many of us take for granted.

Ethan Black, 3, started life with some medical challenges. Now, an upcoming surgery could help him lead a life more similar to his classmates here at Appling County Primary.

By all accounts, Ethan should have never made this far. He suffered a bilateral grade-4 brain bleed at birth. He came off oxygen and machines at age one.

But cerebral palsy and other issues give him spasms, and he alternates between casts and braces on his legs. A surgery in October in New Jersey could help.

“He's never going to have to be casted again. He's never going to have to be stretched again. He's never going to have to go through the 16 injections of Botox every three months again,” said Sabrina Black, Ethan’s mother.

The surgery - not covered by insurance - will allow his leg muscles and tendons to grow as he grows. It could also help make him strong enough to walk.

“This is something that could change his life. Not something that will have to be redone in a year or two. It could change our baby's life,” Sabrina said.

The surgeon is one of only two people in the world who can perform it. The cost - $22,000. Ethan's brother and sister have raised over $1,000 with a lemonade stand.

They've set up a GoFundMe page to help raise the money and there's a fundraiser next weekend in Hinesville.

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