Battling Bailey raises cash to thank hospital

Reporter:

Lois Hough

A SCHOOLBOY who suffered a stroke is on the road to recovery.

Doctors were stumped when Bailey Davies, then 10, from Pentre Halkyn, visited them with leg pains and severe headaches.

A series of tests revealed he was living with three blood clots in his brain and had suffered a rare stroke.

Now two of the clots are gone and 11-year-old Bailey has raised £3,000 for the Imagine Appeal at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool, by way of thanks for his treatment.

His mother Siân told the Leader: “It was really important that we raised this money.

“No amount of money or words can every say thank you for saving my son’s life but this is the only way we could think of.”

The nightmare began in November last year when Bailey fell ill with a vomiting bug.

Doctors at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, Bodelwyddan, conducted an MRI scan and tested for conditions, including meningitis.

Only when he was transferred to Alder Hey did specialists find three clots in his brain and announced he had suffered a stroke.

Bailey now takes the blood-thinning drug warfarin to break down the clots and has regular eye checks to ensure nothing is awry.

Bailey, who started at Mold Alun High School in September, has been helped on his fundraising drive by Siân, 33, his father Ian, 36, who works at Tata Steel in Deeside, and four-year-old brother Evan.

The family hosted a charity evening at Halkyn Cricket Club where luxury raffle prizes included a bungie jump and entertainment came in the form of a creepy crawly show by Ellesmere Port entertainer, Craig Crowton. Siân, of Allt-y-Plas, added: “It was an amazing night.

“There were more people there than we could ever have imagined.

“We ran out of food and beer and everyone had a cracking time.”

Bailey’s grandfather, Malcolm Prout, 55, also climbed Mount Snowdon on the day of the party to help the cause.

And nine-year-old Ashleigh Roberts, a pupil at Ysgol Rhos Helyg where Siân is a part-time classroom assistant, cut her hair short to raise money for Bailey.

Siân said: “Ashleigh donated her hair to Cancer Research UK so that it could be made into wigs, but gave the money that she raised to Bailey because she thought he deserved a treat after everything he had been through.”

Two out of three of Bailey’s clots have disappeared and doctors say he will be off the warfarin treatment by January.

Siân added: “We finally have a light at the end of the tunnel.”

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