Brain-bleed teenager recovering at home

Callan Leak.
Callan Leak.
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A TEENAGER who was sent home from One Life with painkillers – only to be rushed to hospital hours later for a life-saving operation to stop a serious bleed on his brain – is making a good recovery at home.

As reported in the Mail earlier this week, Callan Redshaw, 17, went to One Life Hartlepool, in Park Road, after complaining of headaches.

After receiving treatment, his family say he was given a prescription which he was told he had to collect at the University Hospital of North Tees.

Unable to get transport to Stockton, the teenager returned to his home in Flotilla House, at Hartlepool Marina, to take paracetamol.

But he collapsed just two hours later and his worried parents called an ambulance.

A bleed was detected when he was examined at the University Hospital of Hartlepool and then on to James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, where he underwent a five-hour operation to try to stem the bleeding on his brain.

Callan was eventually discharged after spending four days in the high dependency unit, but returned to the hospital on Tuesday for check-ups.

His mum Sonia Leak, 40, said: “The scan came back OK, and he had some blood tests done as well so they are keeping a check on him.

“He had two holes in his head, and they each had about 15 stitches in, so they were taken out and he’s a bit sore.

“We will have to take him back every six weeks or so for check-ups. But I wouldn’t wish what we’ve gone through on anyone.”