Dad’s motorbike stolen from outside Sheffield hospital as baby prepared for brain surgery

Thieves have been branded ‘utter scum’ for stealing a dad’s motorbike from outside a Sheffield hospital as his newborn son was due to undergo emergency brain surgery.

By Claire Lewis
Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 1:57 pm

Callum Hamlin, aged 21, said he was gobsmacked when his motorbike was stolen from outside the Jessop Wing maternity unit in Sheffield on the day his newborn son was due to undergo surgery to remove fluid from his brain.

Callum and his 19-year-old partner Casey Hudson’s son, Hunter-Lee, was born prematurely on March 8 at just 24 weeks and two days – weighing just 1lb 6oz.

The newborn baby, who is 57 days old today and in intensive care, had already had one operation and his parents were preparing for him to undergo brain surgery when thieves struck.

Hunter-Lee Hamlin with his mum and dad, Casey and Callum

They have been warned by medics that Hunter-Lee has a hole in his heart, which may also require surgery in the future.

Callum said the theft of his bike – his only mode of transport – added extra pressure at an already incredibly stressful time for him and his partner.

His bike was later recovered, but in a damaged state, and now the young couple need to find hundreds for pounds for the repairs.

Callum, a forklift truck driver for Amazon at a depot in Chesterfield, needs the bike to get to and from work and hospital, where his son could be for a number of months.

Hunter-Lee Hamlin

To help him pay for repairs to his bike – a Hyosung GT 125R, a friend has set up an online fundraising page on the JustGiving crowdfunding website.

Callum, from Inkersall, Chesterfield, said: “I could not believe it when I found out that my bike had been stolen on the day my son was due to have brain surgery – it was the last thing we needed.

“Whoever did this is utter scum, the lowest of the low. There is nothing else to say about them.

“To steal someone’s bike is bad enough, but from outside a maternity hospital is beyond belief.

Hunter-Lee Hamlin was born prematurely

“We already have the worry over Hunter-Lee, who is still really, really ill, and now we have the worry of raising the money for the repairs so that I can get to and from work and hospital.

“If I need to get to the hospital urgently, I need to know that I can get myself there without having to worry about catching buses, trains and taxis.

“Hunter-Lee could be in hospital for another five months yet.

“I am really grateful for the appeal that has been set up to help us, it will mean the world to us if we can get the bike back on the road.”

Hunter-Lee was born in Chesterfield when his mum Casey went into early labour.

He was transferred to the Jessop Wing for specialist care and has been operated on twice at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

The young baby will remain at the Jessop Wing until medics deem him strong enough to go home.

To donate to the fundrasing appeal, click HERE.

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