‘Heartbreaking’ ordeal as Brave Callum is rushed into hospital in ‘virus’ alert

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BATTLING youngster Callum Smith was rushed to hospital and placed on a life support machine after a health scare.

And in a terrifying ordeal for his parents, he needed four litres of oxygen in a drama which mum Zoe Neesam, 21, described as “heartbreaking.”

But thankfully, Callum has now stabilised and Zoe added: “They think he has a virus which has caused him to over compensate with his breathing which has tired him out.”

The 23-month-old little boy began struggling to breathe on Monday this week when his heart rate soared to 200 beats per minute.

He was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees before being transferred to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle where his health fight continued.

Zoe said: “On Monday, Callum was his usual self with great oxygen levels.

“A few hours later, his lips were pale and he was working hard with his breathing.”

At one point, the number of doctors and nurses working on his case was into double figures.

“They got the resuscitation trolley ready in the room which was heart breaking.

“An hour after arrival he was taken to theatre to be put on life support.

“He was there for a few hours and then the team from the RVI came to take him through to Newcastle in the ambulance.”

Zoe and Callum’s dad Luke Smith, 23, followed in a friend’s car in a drive which “seemed to last forever,” said Zoe.

“When we finally got to see him, we had to leave after half an hour as he needed an arterial line, a central line in and a new breathing tube.”

The couple eventually got to see their son and Zoe added: “It is scary knowing a little bug could cause all this.”

Callum is now in a stable condition in hospital.

The hospital drama came just days after Callum had returned home from another health scare which was reported in yesterday’s Hartlepool mail.

Callum’s life has been filled with hospital visits. In fact, 26 per cent of his time in the world has involved trips to hospital.

The brave little boy was the inspiration for the Callum’s Dream appeal - the battle to raise enough money for a sensory room for him.

Callum suffers from a string of problems including epilepsy, reflux problems, dystonia, hypertonia, problems with swallowing, visual impairment, an inability to hold his airways open, secretion problems and global developmental delay which means he can not hold his head up.

The Hartlepool Mail. in a joint campaign with the Hartlepool charity Epilepsy Outlook, started the Callum’s Dream appeal in July to raise the £5,000 needed to give him a sensory room.

But within four weeks of launching the appeal, we had topped the £5,000 mark. The total stands at more than £10,000. But the support for Callum must go on as he has continuing needs.

l People can give donations to the Epilepsy Outlook charity shops at 199 York Road, and 104 Oxford Road, both in Hartlepool.

Or they can pay it straight into the Lloyds TSB branch in York Road.

The bank details are:-

Account Name - Epilepsy Outlook Project.

Sort Code - 30-99-47.

Account number - 24594260.