A VILLAGE is rallying to support the family of a toddler who was born with an underdeveloped brain.
Little Charles Langford was six weeks old when his mum and dad, Jennifer and Richard from Bugbrooke, noticed he could not do things expected of babies his age, such as control his limbs or lift his head.
Doctors examining him agreed something was wrong, and an MRI scan revealed Charles’ brain had not grown fully in the womb, leaving fluid in some places where brain matter should be.
Mrs Langford, aged 40, said: “We were devastated when we found out; it was unbelievable to us.
“We already had one son, James, who was perfectly fine so you just expect everything to be all right. We really wanted a sibling he could grow up with and play with.
“It was a complete shock because suddenly we were living in a different world. It’s still very upsetting but today we have a lot of good support from lots of people.”
Now aged two, Charles has about a third of the brain capacity of normal children and has been left with quadriplegic cerebral palsy meaning he will never walk or talk.
Hearing of Charles’s condition, villagers have organised a fundraising event at The Bakers Arms pub this Saturday, which includes a sponsored hair shave, raffles and a barbecue.
All proceeds will go to the family to help pay for equipment for Charles, such as a specially-adapted car seat, and physiotherapy.
Graham Brittain, who runs the pub with wife Rose, said: “I think they were a bit embarrassed when we told them but we’ve told them we are doing it for Charlie and they’ve come round to that way of thinking.
“I think it’ll be a great event. We do quite a bit of fundraising for causes, but this is a family right on our doorstep.”
Mrs Langford said: “We have lived here a long time and everybody has been fantastic really.
“It’s very, very touching to know people are thinking of him and, I suppose, us too.
“It is a really, really brilliant event and it just seems to have grown and grown.
“We’re so looking forward to it as a family. It’s one of those situations when just saying thank you doesn’t seem enough.”