A YOUNGSTER living with a ticking time bomb of chronic kidney disease beams as he celebrates a special birthday.
Little Harry Readman turned three yesterday and was treated to presents and a birthday cake.
The youngster is facing a lifetime of dialysis and in desperate need of a transplant as his kidneys are functioning at just 45 per cent of capacity.
Harry’s parents, Louise Dagg, 30, and Michael Readman, 32, are backing a comic bid to support the hospital which is treating their son.
As efforts push ahead to get the charity event, led by family friend Nick Banks, 32, on the road, Louise revealed that Harry has now been put on hormone injections to keep his growth steady.
Full-time mum Louise, who lives with Michael, a supervisor at Kerry Foods, in Hartlepool, and their other children Jack, 13, Ben, 10, Katie, eight, Thomas, eight, and six-year-old Joseph, gives Harry the injections every night.
Louise, of the town’s Barton Avenue, said: “With having bad kidneys he doesn’t grow very well, his body doesn’t release hormones as a normal child does. And it doesn’t help that he doesn’t eat enough.
“He doesn’t like getting the injection, but he is okay with it.”
Louise added that the youngster had been treated to a trampoline and other birthday gifts including an electric motorbike and quad bike.
Harry’s condition was discovered in January after Michael and Louise noticed he wasn’t eating enough or growing properly.
Doctors and nutrition experts could not figure out what was wrong with the youngster and he was referred to specialists at Newcastle’s RVI, who discovered his poor kidney functions.
RVI medics are now keeping an eye Harry who faces three-monthly trips to the hospital for monitoring.
However, the family have been told Harry’s condition will worsen and he will need dialysis.