Operation success for Hartlepool boy with rare skull condition

AMAZING baby Dylan Davis has received some fantastic news after two operations on a rare skull condition.

The 21-month-old from the Clavering area of Hartlepool has just returned from an assessment at the Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool – the place where he underwent a six-hour operation at just five months old to remove part of his skull to release pressure on his brain.

Child of Courage Award nominee Dylan Davis, of Pannell Place, Clavering, Hartlepool pictured with mum Diane Hender

Child of Courage Award nominee Dylan Davis, of Pannell Place, Clavering, Hartlepool pictured with mum Diane Hender

And the news is good. He won’t need any more surgery on his skull in the short-term, said his delighted mum Diane Hender, 37.

Now, courageous Dylan has been nominated for a Best of Hartlepool Child of Courage award, and Diane said: “It’s amazing. I am really humbled by it and he really deserves it.”

She praised her “brave little laid-back boy who takes everything in his stride.”

Dylan suffers with craniosynostosis which causes sections of the skull to be fused together, preventing it from expanding and leading to pressure on the sufferer’s growing brain.

It’s amazing. I am really humbled by it and he really deserves it.

The condition affects just one in every 3,000 babies.

Dylan was born at the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton in May 2013, weighing a healthy 7lb 7oz, after his mum Diane Hender’s normal pregnancy.

But the illness was picked up almost immediately by a midwife, who noticed Dylan had an abnormal shape to his head.

The tot was given x-rays and scans and eventually, at two weeks old, he was diagnosed with craniosynostosis.

Child of Courage Award nominee Dylan Davis, of Pannell Place, Clavering, Hartlepool pictured with mum Diane Hender

Child of Courage Award nominee Dylan Davis, of Pannell Place, Clavering, Hartlepool pictured with mum Diane Hender

He had two fused bones in his head and doctors transferred Dylan to specialists at the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, in Liverpool, where it was discovered during surgery that Dylan was also blind in his right eye.

Then, in January this year, he was in the operating theatre for a mammoth 10 hours so surgeons could remove the front part of the skull, to remodel the shape of his head,

Dylan returned to Alder Hey last Wednesday for his eight-week post-op review and experts told Diane no more surgery was needed in the immediate future.

Diane, who is also mum to Rhodri Davies, 10, Leuan Davis, 2, and Lilja Davis, four months, said of Dylan: “He is such a laid-back, happy little boy, considering what he has been through. He is a very courageous little soul and just gets on with things.”

Child of Courage Award nominee Dylan Davis, of Pannell Place, Clavering, Hartlepool pictured with mum Diane Hender

Child of Courage Award nominee Dylan Davis, of Pannell Place, Clavering, Hartlepool pictured with mum Diane Hender

This year’s awards will culminate with a grand finale at the Hardwick Hall in Sedgefield on April 30 this year. But before then, we need lots of entries and people have plenty of time to put their community heroes forward.

They have until April 10 to come forward with deserving causes in categories which range from fundraiser of the year to child of courage, and green champion to local hero.

•Enter your nominations here: http://www.jpne-events.co.uk/hartlepool/

Child of Courage Award nominee Dylan Davis, of Pannell Place, Clavering, Hartlepool

Child of Courage Award nominee Dylan Davis, of Pannell Place, Clavering, Hartlepool

Child of Courage Award nominee Dylan Davis, of Pannell Place, Clavering, Hartlepool

Child of Courage Award nominee Dylan Davis, of Pannell Place, Clavering, Hartlepool

Child of Courage Award nominee Dylan Davis, of Pannell Place, Clavering, Hartlepool

Child of Courage Award nominee Dylan Davis, of Pannell Place, Clavering, Hartlepool

Child of Courage Award nominee Dylan Davis, of Pannell Place, Clavering, Hartlepool pictured with mum Diane Hender

Child of Courage Award nominee Dylan Davis, of Pannell Place, Clavering, Hartlepool pictured with mum Diane Hender

Child of Courage Award nominee Dylan Davis, of Pannell Place, Clavering, Hartlepool pictured with mum Diane Hender

Child of Courage Award nominee Dylan Davis, of Pannell Place, Clavering, Hartlepool pictured with mum Diane Hender

Child of Courage Award nominee Dylan Davis, of Pannell Place, Clavering, Hartlepool pictured with mum Diane Hender

Child of Courage Award nominee Dylan Davis, of Pannell Place, Clavering, Hartlepool pictured with mum Diane Hender

Child of Courage Award nominee Dylan Davis, of Pannell Place, Clavering, Hartlepool pictured with mum Diane Hender

Child of Courage Award nominee Dylan Davis, of Pannell Place, Clavering, Hartlepool pictured with mum Diane Hender