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Disabled Dad Walks Down The Aisle Thanks To Botox Injections In His Legs

14/08/2014 16:55 | Updated 22 May 2015

Disabled dad walks down the aisle thanks to Botox injections in his legs

A young dad who was told he may never walk again without crutches walked down the aisle on his wedding day after his legs were injected with Botox.

James Taylor, 22, fulfilled his dream of marrying his bride Sarah, also 22, accompanied by their two-year-old son, Alfie. And the injections mean that James can finally play with his son.

The dad was left barely able to walk after slipping down a flight of stairs at Birmingham's New Street station just before Christmas 2012.

Doctors diagnosed him with the rare condition snapping hip syndrome - which causes a snapping sensation in hips when walking due to the movement of a muscle or tendon against the bone.

He was told he would probably be in agony and struggle to walk for the rest of his life.

James was offered surgery on his hips, but was warned there was a risk he could lose the use of his legs completely.

He agreed to a course of experimental Botox treatment – and the results have been amazing. The treatment is thought to strengthen the muscles causing the snapping in the hip. This enabled James to put pressure on the leg without it 'going' from under him.

Marketing manager James said: "I was in absolute agony with my legs. It really got to me when I was off work and I couldn't even look after Alfie.

"I kept thinking I was going to lose my job and if that happened, how was I going to support my young family?

"I couldn't even imagine how I would be able to walk down the aisle on my wedding day."

He added: "I was passed from doctor to doctor, and I ended up seeing a consultant, who told me I could either have surgery, or trial this Botox treatment.

"I couldn't carry on the way I was, so I felt like I had nothing to lose by giving it a go."

James had the 10-minute treatment at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham.

There, doctors gave him four Botox injections - two into the buttock area and two around the upper thigh area.

And after just a week of Botox treatment in September, James had already ditched the crutches and was able to start to walk unaided.

A month later, he was able to walk as normal - and he and his partner decided to fulfil their dream of tying the knot in New York.

James said: "As we walked through the city in our wedding regalia, people were looking at us and asking if they could take photos of us and they would send them us.

"Being a camera enthusiast, I said yes and we've been receiving our wedding snaps through email from budding photographers who just wanted to take a photo of us."

Botox injections have been used to treat patients with a range of different muscular conditions. They have been used to treat neck pain and neck muscle spasms, eyelid spasms, crossed eyes, severe underarm sweating, muscle stiffness and migraines.

As the Botox wears off, James may need further injections to help his mobility.

He said: "Now, I've married the woman of my dreams, I have my legs back for Christmas and I'll be able to play in the snow with my little boy this Christmas. What more could I ask for?"

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