Comatose Sheffield 11-year-old waiting for heart transplant after visiting doctors for tiredness

A ‘brilliant’ comatose 11-year-old boy from Sheffield who went to the doctors for ‘tiredness’ in April is now waiting for a new heart.

Thursday, 5th May 2022, 12:49 pm

Football-loving Kallum Oliver was taken to the GP on April 20 for fatigue and loss of appetite.

Now, two weeks later, he is in a medically induced coma at Great Ormond Street Hospital and at the top of the waiting list for a heart transplant.

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Kallum on a walk with the dogs and younger brother.

Dad Craig Milne, 36, from Aston, says doctors still don’t know what could have damaged his lad’s heart, only that it is now too weak to function.

Now, Kallum’s family and friends can only wait on the phonecall that a donor has been found to save his life.

"He’s such a good lad,” Craig told The Star. “He’s very popular. He’s got lovely manners – before he went into his coma, the nurses and staff said ‘you should be proud of him, he’s so polite’

"He loves his football and supports Liverpool. We go out walking with the dogs often and go camping or caravanning in Derbyshire.

Kallum at the beach with dad Craig.

"We just have to leave it in the doctors’ hands. He’s in the best place he could be.

"It’s frustrating as a parent, not being able to do anything, but that’s the way it is.”

Craig said he took Kallum to the doctors two weeks ago when his lad was suffering from fatigue and went off his food.

The GP initially prescribed iron, but days later Craig noticed the 11-year-old’s feet and lower back had swollen.

Kallum's dad Craig Milne said his boy was "a lovely lad" who loved his football and had "amazing manners".

Craig said: “At first I didn’t think too much of it and ‘low iron’ sounded right. But when the swelling started it got more serious.

Things moved rapidly from there. A trip to a walk-in centre became an immediate referral for a two-day stay in Rotherham Hospital.

When specialists realised how poorly Kallum was, he was stabilised and transferred to Leeds Infirmary, only for doctors to order him to Great Osmond Street Hospital in London for critical care.

The 11-year-old from Aston was placed in a medically induced coma on April 27 and is now being treated with a ECMO mechanical heart while waiting for an emergency transplant.

Kallum Oliver, 11, was taken to the doctors two weeks ago for tiredness and loss of appetite. He is now in a medically induced coma on the waiting list for a new heart.

Craig said: “They put him in a coma to give his heart a rest, but when did more tests they realised it had more or less stopped it was that weak. And they just can’t find what caused it.

"He’s that poorly he’s on top of the waiting list for a transplant.”

Meanwhile, Craig, a self-employed groundsworker, has been travelling between Aston, Leeds and London to be near his son.

Family friend Jason Sharpe has since set up a GoFundMe page to pay Craig’s expenses, which has raised over £2,600 in two days.

Jason said: “Obviously with the situation that it is, it’s not going to be a quick process. It’s going to be quite long and I didn’t want him to be thinking about money.

"Kallum’s a brilliant lad. He’s the type of boy who always asks how you are, and that’s not common for an 11-year-old.

Kallum is in a medically induced coma and being treated with an ECMO mechanical heart at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

"He’s a good friend to me son. He’s a good, cracking lad and it’s really distressing what’s happened.”