‘Little hero’ Callum undergoes blood transfusion as health battle continues

Zoe Neesam and Luke Smith with their son Callum Smith
Zoe Neesam and Luke Smith with their son Callum Smith

BRAVE Callum Smith has undergone a blood transfusion in another health battle for the “little hero”

The two-year-old who touched the hearts of Hartlepool Mail readers has now spent nearly six of the last nine months in hospital after being rushed to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

But his mum Zoe Neesam, 21, told the Mail: “He never ceases to amaze us with how well he comes through everything. We are so proud.”

Callum’s latest battle began on Thursday, November 28, when he had a temperature.

Then on Sunday, December 1, his heart rate soared to 230 beats per minute.

Zoe immediately rang the RVI who told her to bring her son straight in. Callum was rushed straight to a resuscitation unit as he was suffering a seizure.

After further treatment and tests, blood results showed that his platelet count was as low as 11 when the norm is above 50.

“He urgently needed a transfusion which worked well and bloods showed they were well above normal now which was fantastic news,” Zoe added.

He then needed treatment for dehydration and now seems to be on the mend. Zoe said: “Hopefully, if nothing else comes up and he hydrates well, we can go home in the next few days.

“As usual, our little hero has been smiling throughout it all. We have worked out that, in the last nine months we have spent nearly six months in hospital.”

Callum’s story gripped Hartlepool when we told how he needed a sensory room to help him develop. He needs round-the-clock care from his parents, Zoe and Luke Smith, 23 who are registered as his carers

We launched the Callum’s Dream appeal in association with town charity Epilepsy Outlook to raise £5,000 to pay for the room.

Our readers have now raised more than £12,000.

• TO SUPPORT Callum’s Dream you can;

* Give donations to the Epilepsy Outlook charity shops at 199 York Road, and 104 Oxford Road, both in Hartlepool.

* Pay straight into the account at Lloyds TSB branch in York Road.

The account details are:

Account Name – Epilepsy Outlook Project.

Sort Code – 30-99-47.

Account number – 24594260.