The inspiring way Kate is celebrating son Oliver's amazing brain op recovery
Written by The Newsroom on August 20, 2019
Kate Wrighton gave her baby son Oliver one last kiss as he was taken into the operating theatre.
The seemingly healthy infant needed a five-hour operation after being diagnosed with craniosynostosis, a rare condition where the skull doesn’t develop properly.
He was aged just five months old when he underwent surgery at Birmingham Children’s Hopsital.
The expertise of life saving medics saw him through – and Kate is set to thank them by running her first Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run on Sunday October 13 to raise funds for the hospital.
Alarm bells had rung for Kate and husband John, from Rugeley, Staffordshire, when Oliver was just six weeks old.
Kate spoted her son’s head was a slightly unusual shape. She passed on her worries to a health visitor, who struggled to find the usual ‘soft spot’ that babies have on their heads and referred Oliver for further examination.
Kate and John were later told that the bones in Oliver’s skull had fused incorrectly and earlier than they should have done.
It was five months later that Oliver underwent his gruelling operation at Birmingham Children’s Hospital to remodel his skull.
The trauma developed as he needed a full blood transfusion during the procedure.
The surgeons carefully sectioned his skull into smaller pieces and rearranged them to allow it to flex and grow normally.
Eight years on, Oliver is about to start school.
“The day of Oli’s operation was the longest and worst day of my life, it was horrendous,” Kate said.
“We just wandered aimlessly through Birmingham city centre unable to see through our tears. It felt so wrong to leave him there, because he seemed like a perfectly healthy, happy, smiley baby.
“When we saw Oli after the operation, we were just filled with relief.
“He had a massive bandage around his head but he was here and awake.
“After spending one week on the Neurosurgical Ward we were allowed to take him home, but had to go back for regular check-ups and speech and language tests. “
Oliver is now a bright, happy and beautiful seven-year-old who has gained a scholarship to study at Lichfield Cathedral School.
“We’re so proud of him,” Kate said.
“You would have never thought he had such a tough start to life.
“I’ve never forgotten about the wonderful care provided to all of us during the time we spent at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, so it only seemed right that I raise money to help other children and families who find themselves facing a similarly difficult time.
“I’ve always wanted to run a half marathon, so signing up to the Great Birmingham Run seemed like the perfect challenge.”
Miranda Williams, Public Fundraising Manager at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “We’re so grateful that Kate has decided to take part in the Great Birmingham Run for us after the specialist treatment Oliver received when he was a baby and it’s so great to hear that he’s doing so well.
“The Great Birmingham Run is always one of our favourite events in the calendar, as we witness a sea of our red balloon charity vests take over the streets of Birmingham.
“We’ll be cheering on Kate and our other incredible supporters who tackle the 13.1 mile route on the day.”
Kate will join thousands of participants on a new and improved 13.1 mile route which starts on New Street in Birmingham city centre before heading to the south of the city into beautiful Bournville and the open spaces of Cannon Hill Park.
The half marathon raises thousands of pounds of extra income for local and national good causes.
It also features the ENGIE Business Challenge, which invites work teams to compete for fastest-time trophies.
How to enter the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run
Anyone who entered the 2019 Great Birmingham 10K will receive £10 off their entry fee for the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run half marathon.
The Great Run Series is the world’s favourite run with over 230,000 participants a year taking part. The events programme stretches across the UK from Aberdeen to Portsmouth offering a full range of distances from 5k through to the half marathon.
A full range of online training services are available from Great Run Training. Great Run Local is a series of weekly events staged in our key cities. All designed to provide the support and advice for participants of all abilities to achieve their personal goal.
The Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run is one of Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity’s biggest fundraisers. To get involved, visit bch.org.uk/great-birmingham-run
To support Kate’s fundraising, visit justgiving.com/kate-wrighton
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