Heartbroken mother ‘can’t hug her son’ because of his constant pain

Heartbroken parents have described how their son is in so much pain they can’t “hug” him. They are desperate to ease the pain suffered by Joshua Cleaver.

They have been unable to give him a ‘cuddle’ since the 14-year-old was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) four years ago after a fall on the school playground. It left the teenager in constant pain, some days he even says it’s too much for him.

Now his parents are desperately trying to raise enough money for him to have life-saving treatment abroad. According to the NHS, CRPS is a “poorly understood condition where a person experiences persistent severe and debilitating pain.

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Is not no known cure, but there are treatments available, including at the Spero Clinic in Arkansas, but this costs £75,000. So Joshua’s family and friends rallied around him to raise money for treatment.

It could change his life as, on the family’s fundraising page, Joshua describes the daily agony he endures. Speaking about his CRPS diagnosis, he wrote: “It was a pain like no other I’ve ever felt; it was a searing, searing pain right down my spine and all over my back. I screamed and couldn’t stop. It was agonizing.

“We rushed to the hospital to see what was wrong. Four and a half years later, I’m still struggling to do anything. The pain is too much to bear – I sleep very little and my whole life is consumed by pain. Some days I can’t do anything, I mean anything. I feel like I’m losing more and more to grow.”

Joshua and mom Lisa on vacation before CRPS diagnosis. (Image: Family document)

Mum Lisa added: ‘If I were to touch Joshua’s hand, that would be enough to make him cry out in pain. The pain varies from day to day, but we haven’t been able to hug him for four and a half years.

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