Lewis enjoys Christmas despite family trauma

Lewis Lawson with Santa Claus. Picture by FRANK REID
Lewis Lawson with Santa Claus. Picture by FRANK REID

A YOUNGSTER enjoyed Christmas despite being separated from his family while his parents kept a bedside vigil for his sick baby brother.

Little Lewis Lawson spent Christmas with his nana and granddad Paula and Barry Lawson, at their home in Hartlepool, while his mum and dad, Kelly Winter and Richard Donovan, were with 11-week-old baby Jack Donovan.

CLOSE FAMILY: Baby Jack Donovan's family with him when he was first born.

CLOSE FAMILY: Baby Jack Donovan's family with him when he was first born.

Tiny Jack is in a coma in intensive care at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, in Newcastle.

Jack was born weighing 5lb 15oz at the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, on October 12, with a then undetected heart condition.

After developing a cough at six weeks old it was discovered that he had two holes in his heart.

The battling baby went downhill and began suffering with bronchilitis, a bacterial infection, and fluid on his lungs.

He started to pick up, but caught another infection at the weekend and is now back to square one.

Lewis and Jack’s nana, Paula, from the Owton Manor area, said: “Kelly and Richard managed to get home on Christmas Eve to see Lewis but they had to go back up to Newcastle to be with Jack because he’s poorly again.

“The doctors were hoping to wean him off the sedation but he’s picked up another infection and is back to square one really. Kelly was upset when she had to leave Lewis, but thankfully Lewis is fine and he enjoyed Christmas here with us. We spent it with family and everyone was a bit down but we just got on with it for the kids.”

Doctors are hopeful Jack can pull through and have life-saving surgery at the Freeman hospital.