Callum’s big day beckons

Callum Smith in his light room with his dad Luke and mum Zoe Neesam. Picture by FRANK REID
Callum Smith in his light room with his dad Luke and mum Zoe Neesam. Picture by FRANK REID
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A BOY who captured the hearts of the people of Hartlepool is days away from being Christened - and his mum said: “He is ecstatic. He can’t wait.”

Exactly a year after Callum Smith was left fighting for his life in intensive care, the town’s little hero is doing really well.

Callum reaches his third birthday on October 12. The day will be remembered with a church christening followed by a party with his favourite characters there.

Proud mum Zoe Neesam, 22, said: “Callum’s still doing extremely well at the moment.

“He is getting very excited for his party. We are having Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse and Doc McStuffins there too, so he is ecstatic bless him!.”

The occasion comes a year after Callum spent 12 weeks in intensive care when his lung collapsed. Doctors advised his parents to have him Christened in case his days were numbered. He suffers from a string of conditions including epilepsy, dystonia and hypertonia and needs to be fed through a tube in his stomach.

Zoe described the anniversary of his fight for life as “a very emotional day for us.

“We are feeling every emotion going. Sadness, proudness, happiness, love.

“It’s crazy to think it’s been a year already. I remember every second of it like it was yesterday. It just shows how far he has come and how strong he is.”

It was last summer that we launched the Callum’s Dream appeal.

We asked our readers to help raise £5,000 so Callum could have a sensory room at his home in Hartlepool. You succeeded and then went on to raise almost three times the initial target.

The appeal reached £14,000 and now Callum is developing well, partly thanks to his sensory room filled with awe-inspiring facilities such as a globe, a moulded chair, and sensory lights.

Callum has grown so much he was now wearing the clothes of a seven-year-old.

The courageous two-year-old takes 15 types of medication three times a day for a string of serious conditions including epilepsy, dystonia and hypertonia and needs to be fed through a tube in his stomach.

But his health has improved dramatically. This year, he has only been in hospital for seven weeks compared to nine months in the year before.