One young cheeky chappy from South Yorkshire has not let an uncomfortable medical problem stop him from getting up to mischief.
Little Theo Siddall has smiled through a condition which has left him needing to wear a colostomy bag.
The two-year-old was born with ano-rectal malformation – meaning he has no opening to his bowel – and was given an emergency colostomy at just a day old.
Four months later, the brave tot had an operation at Sheffield Children’s Hospital to create an opening in his bottom, followed by a third operation two months later to reverse his colostomy.
However, it quickly became apparent that Theo, who lives in Haigh Moor Way, Swallownest, with older brother Austin, aged six, and parents Sue and Rob, was unable to control his bowel movements.
Despite 12 nappy changes a day, he was left with a bottom so sore it bled and became ulcerated.
Mum Sue said: “Theo found it uncomfortable to do day-to – day things such as sitting in the bath and eating his tea at the table, and he often had to stand up because his bottom was so sore.”
After a few more minor operations and investigations, it was decided Theo should have a colostomy again to relieve his pain.
Sue said: “As parents we were heartbroken to hear this given everything Theo had been through, and in some ways it felt like a backwards step.
“However, because of the amount of pain he was in, we didn’t really have a choice.”
Theo had his final operation in December – and has since gone from strength to strength.
Sue said: “Within days of his operation he was telling family members ‘my bum bum is all better’.
“He has now accepted he wears a colostomy bag and isn’t afraid to show it off to anyone who wants to see it. With his bag Theo is a happy and fun-loving little boy and it certainly doesn’t hold him back from his rough and tumble play.”
Theo will receive ongoing follow-ups with his consultant and regular support from his nurse, Liz Scudamore, at the hospital. It is possible he may need further operations as he gets older.
Now Sue, along with her sister and two friends, are preparing for an eight-kilometre Endurer Dash to raise funds for the hospital charity. The group – Theo’s Angels – will complete the obstacle run on Saturday, March 28, in fancy dress in honour of her sons, who she says are ‘superhero mad’.