BRAVE Hartlepool youngster Callum Smith is back home after more than five weeks in intensive care.
The two-year-old, who has gripped Hartlepool with his bravery in the face of a string of health conditions, has spent yet another spell at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.
Doctors believe the little boy with a weak immune system was struck down by a virus.
He was pale, his lips had turned blue and his oxygen levels were low.
He was first rushed to the University Hospital of North Tees on the last day of September before being transferred the same day to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle where he spent almost all of his five-week stay on a life support machine.
Doctors tried twice to take out his breathing tube but Callum struggled on each occasion.
They were persuaded one last time to try and help Callum breathe on his own – just as they were ready to perform a tracheotomy.
But this time, Callum begin to pull round and his recovery ever since has been amazing, said his proud mum Zoe Neesam, 21.
She and Callum’s dad Luke Smith, 23, spent every day and night at his bedside. “The doctors were dumbfounded that he is doing so well,” said Zoe.
She added: “The only time when we were not with him was when one of us had food or when we slept. Sometimes, I would sit with him in the night if he had a bad spell.”
The couple were given a room at Crawford House, the home from home for parents to stay while the children are treated at the RVI.
Zoe said: “I was going to see Callum really early and Callum’s dad was staying late.”
Zoe only managed short spells away from her son’s bed. And on one, she had to return to hospital after getting word that he’d had a bad turn.
Now the family is back at their home in Laird Road.
It will also hopefully mean that the sensory room which is planned at their home can now take shape.
We launched the Callum’s Dream appeal in association with town charity Epilepsy Outlook.
Mail readers were asked to raise £5,000 to pay for the room to become reality. They did it and then took the total way beyond £11,000 in just another two months.
The total now stands at around £12,000.
l To support Callum’s Dream you can:
l Give donations to the Epilepsy Outlook charity shops at 199 York Road, and 104 Oxford Road, both in Hartlepool.
l Pay straight into the account at Lloyds TSB branch in York Road.
l The account details are:
Account Name – Epilepsy Outlook Project.
Sort Code – 30-99-47.
Account number – 24594260.