CRICKETING legend Michael Vaughan is stepping out on a charity challenge with the family of a little boy who spent the first year of his life in hospital.
Nowadays Carter Whitlam seems as healthy as any other three-year-old.
But the little lad from Handsworth, Sheffield, was critically ill after being born with only one lung - and Sheffield Children’s Hospital was his home for the first months of his life.
Carter’s mum Laura, aged 30, said: “For months after Carter was born, it was always touch and go as to whether he would survive.
“He had several emergency surgeries including an operation to pull his intestines back down into his stomach.
“The care that we received at the hospital was absolutely outstanding - Carter wouldn’t be here today without the hospital’s amazing doctors and nurses.
“When I look at Carter, I can’t believe he was ever that poorly.
“Now he’s just like every other child in his class at nursery school – he’s doing brilliantly!”
Carter, with sister Megan six, and other relatives will be taking part in The Children’s Hospital charity’s Three Dams Walk on October 7 - a circular walk around Ladybower, Derwent and Howden in the stunning Peak District.
Former England cricket skipper Michael Vaughan will also be taking part in the walk, which has five, 10, or 15 mile variations.
Michael said: “I’m thrilled to be able to call myself a long-term supporter of the charity because it does amazing work.
“I think a lot of people take it for granted what a fantastic children’s hospital we have in our region – we’re really lucky to have such brilliant services and specialists on our doorstep.
“As a dad to three little ones, it’s really important to me that the hospital’s staff get recognition for the outstanding work they do, and that the hospital continues to be supported by the wider community.”