A GRATEFUL mum raised cash to say thanks to the medics who nursed her young son back to health after a life-saving operation.
Little Jack Sowerby was rushed into hospital with a collapsed lung and pneumonia and underwent a desperate three-hour operation at the Freeman Hospital, in Newcastle, early last year.
The four-year-old needed round the clock care from the hardworking nurses on the children’s ward before being allowed back home to the Belle Vue area of Hartlepool after a week.
Eighteen months on and Jack is getting stronger by the week and even managed to take part in a sponsored walk to raise money for Miles for Men three weeks ago.
But now Jack’s mum, Gemma Sowerby, 30, has shown exactly how grateful she is by handing over the £1,575 raised at a charity night to the hospital ward.
Gemma, a cleaner who is also mum of two-year-old Millie Romani, said: “I just wanted to say thanks so we organised the night at Belle Vue Club and set about raising as much as we could.
“To be honest I never expected to raise as much as we did but the support we got was absolutely amazing.”
Gemma raised the money for the nurses to spend on new toys for the children on the ward.
She added: “The nurses are fantastic and the care Jack received was out of this world but when we were there we noticed the toys on the ward are old and quite worn and there isn’t too much to keep the kids entertained.
“So I thought it would be nice to donate some money to them so they can spend it on some new toys.”
Jack started to suffer with a high temperature in March last year and was sent home from Footprints Nursery, in Tees Street.
He was taken to One Life Hartlepool as he was having difficulty breathing and Gemma said medics there diagnosed the youngster with a viral infection and sent him home with painkillers.
Three days later he returned to One Life still unwell and Gemma claims he was sent home again and she was told to call 999 if his condition worsened.
Hours later Jack was rushed to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, where a chest X-ray revealed his right lung had actually collapsed and he had fluid on both lungs.
Doctors put the youngster on antibiotics through a drip in the hope he could battle the illness. But he was so weak he had to be transferred to the Freeman Hospital.
Tests discovered no oxygen was entering his right lung and he had severe pneumonia, for which he had to undergo the operation to have the chest drain fitted.
“He’s fine now,” said Gemma. He’s just had a routine check-up which went well, he’s having no problems at all.
“He did a sponsored walk three weeks ago to raise money for Miles for Men, that’s something he wouldn’t have been able to do last year and shows how well he is coming on.”
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