A fundraising campaign has been launched for an East Kilbride boy with a rare and devastating form of epilepsy.
Max McGhie was only four years old when he was diagnosed with Lennox Gastaut Syndrome, which causes frequent and multiple seizures.
Now aged 13, the drug-resistant condition has left the youngster near-confined to a wheelchair and requiring the constant care of his mum and dad, Seonaid and Dougie.
Nearly a decade on from his diagnosis and taking countless combinations of anti-epileptic drugs and undergoing surgical procedures – one of which saw the youngster nearly die on the operating table – Max can still suffer up to 100 seizures in just one day.
While every seizure Max suffers is life-threatening, his parents live with the constant fear their son could fatally injure himself in the falls which could result from them as he loses all muscle control.
This week, however, Seoniad and Dougie were given new hope when East Kilbride Community Trust launched a fundraising campaign to send Max to a world-renowned centre in Miami, where ground-breaking work is being carried out on children suffering from the condition.
And the organisers hope the people of the town will help them as they bid to send “Max to Miami”.