Miracle twins bike appeal

7th January 2011. 11-year-old twins Matthew (left) and Thomas Gough from Wrenthorpe, near Wakefield, who are both disabled after being struck with meninggitis at just one day old.
7th January 2011. 11-year-old twins Matthew (left) and Thomas Gough from Wrenthorpe, near Wakefield, who are both disabled after being struck with meninggitis at just one day old.

DOCTORS were stunned to see these twins survive a bout of meningitis as one-day-old babies – but their miracle recovery has come at a great cost.

Thomas and Matthew Gough, now 11, have grown up with cerebral palsy and rely on physiotherapy sessions costing £3,700 a year.

Now parents Tracy and David, of Wrenthorpe, have launched a fundraising campaign for a specialist bike which therapists believe could help the boys further.

The £4,500 Medimotion machine will help to stretch and build their muscles which are weak through illness.

Mrs Gough, a civilian police worker in Wakefield, said in time the bike could help Thomas bear weight on his legs.

She said: “There are issues with his posture and his spine. He has got a new wheelchair as we were worried his spine was going to start twisting.

“We’ve been advised that it would be beneficial for Thomas if he got the bike. It’s like motivation for his muscles to start working.”

Mrs Gough, 40, added that they hoped the bike could also help to relax Matthew’s muscles which are often stiff.

She said: “You have got to give everything a chance.”

The pair suffered from brain damage after their episode of meningitis, which led to cerebral palsy and muscle weakness in both boys.

Thomas is also deaf, partially sighted and suffers from epilepsy.

Mr and Mrs Gough have raised thousands of pounds every year through sponsored walks, raffles and cake mornings.

They have already raised £2,000 towards the new bike – but are desperately appealing for any more donations.

Donations can be paid into an account called Thomas and Matthew Gough Trust Fund, account number 13220370, sort code 20-89-68.

The family also run a Facebook page called the Thomas and Matthew Trust Fund, which has 160 supporters.