Parents in fundraising bid to say thanks for Alfie support

Gratitude: The Tilson family - Nicola, Alfie, aged seven months, Samuel, six and Lee.
Gratitude: The Tilson family - Nicola, Alfie, aged seven months, Samuel, six and Lee.
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Tiny Alfie Tilson was just hours from death when doctors stepped in and plugged a bleed on his brain - and now his family want to give something back.

Alfie, from Kilnhurst, Rotherham, suffered a life-threatening brain aneurysm when he was just eight weeks old - and within a week he was undergoing surgery at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Mum Nicola, 30 said: “I knew something wasn’t right. I was having bad dreams about him.

“Alfie wasn’t able to focus his eyes properly and it was obvious to us there was something seriously wrong.”

Scans revealed the tiny tot had an aneurysm - a sack of blood that forms in the brain - and doctors realised pressure was building in his skull and had reached a critical point.

An initial operation isolated the aneurysm and Alfie was placed in a drug-induced coma to allow him to heal naturally.

Another delicate procedure was carried out to inject skin adhesive, which partially stopped blood flowing to the aneurysm.

Nicola, also mum to Samuel, six, said: “Now at night I watch Alfie sleeping and I think I came close to not being able to enjoy moments like this.”

Now, aged seven months, Alfie is like any normal tot of his age enjoying rough and tumble with his big brother.

Dad Lee, 35, a postman, said: “The surgeon said it was touch and go, but he was so pleased to see Alfie the next day. He said it was a minor miracle.”

Since Alfie’s recovery Lee and Nicola have raised money for the Sick Children’s Trust - which funded their accommodation while Alfie was treated in London and Sheffield.

n A fundraising event is to be held at Swinton Victoria Club tonight, from 7pm. For details, call 01709 582329.