WHEN four-year-old Charlie Briggs woke with a badly swollen eye, he was rushed for X-ray at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
Using a state-of-the-art scanner, funded by the Children’s Hospital Charity and designed especially for children, radiologists diagnosed Charlie was in danger of going blind.
Doctors operated that night and saved Charlie’s sight – and, after a second operation days later, Charlie made it home to Dronfield in time for Christmas last year where he was able to enjoy all the sights of the festivities with his brother, sisters, mum Kerry and dad Mark.
Now his family is backing the hospital’s Christmas appeal.
Mark said: “If it wasn’t for Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charlie could have lost his sight, and we can’t thank the staff enough. He’s gone from strength to strength and we’re thrilled with how he’s doing.
“We managed to have a fantastic Christmas last year. No-one wanted to switch the lights on until Charlie came home, and he was excited to do it.”
Hospital fundraiser Rebecca Staden said: “All the money we raise this Christmas will go to our Make it Better appeal, supporting a huge transformation project at our hospital and providing a better environment for families like Charlie’s.”
Log on to www.tchc.org.uk/christmas to see how you can support Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity this Christmas.