Brave Callum back home after month-long battle in hospital

Brave Callum Smith with mum Zoe Neesam
Brave Callum Smith with mum Zoe Neesam

A BRAVE little boy could be back home within days after more than a month in hospital.

Fears grew for two-year-old Hartlepool boy Callum Smith when he was taken into the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

He spent time on a life support machine after he struggled to breathe on his own after what was first thought to be a virus.

But now, for the first time since he was first admitted to hospital at the end of September, Callum could be well enough to come home, his delighted family have indicated.

His mum Zoe Neesam, 21, said: “Callum is doing really well and we are hoping to be home next week or the one after. He has made such a huge improvement.”

Callum spent his second birthday in hospital and Zoe said recently: “He is so strong. I don’t know how he goes through all of this and is smiling still.

“He has a big television on wheels with Toy Story constantly on.”

Zoe originally feared Callum could be in hospital for Christmas but his improvements have been remarkable since then.

Callum’s story gripped Hartlepool when we told how he needed a sensory room to help him develop. 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.

Now the room is close to completion.

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.

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.

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.