Welwyn Garden City mum overwhelmed with support for her toddler with rare disorder
PUBLISHED: 13:36 26 September 2017 | UPDATED: 13:48 26 September 2017
Picture credit: Karyn Haddon
A Welwyn Garden City toddler who has spent most of his life in hospital celebrated his second birthday in style while raising over a thousand pounds for Lister Hospital.
Elliot Harridge, of Welwyn Garden City, celebrated his birthday on Sunday while surrounded by 100 friends, family and the WGC fire brigade.
The youngster suffers from a rare chromosome disorder which has meant that he has had to suffer with collapsed lungs, delayed gastric emptying, a hole in his heart, dilated colon and bowel, three brain conditions, and severe failure to thrive in that he only weighs 14lb.
Sadly, just days before his big party Elliot was rushed to Lister Hospital, but the staff were keen to get him home and even gave him some birthday presents.
His party, which turned into a day of fundraising, raised over £1,000 for Lister Hospital’s Magical Play Appeal playroom in the children’s ward where Elliot spends a lot of his time.
Firefighters also brought a fire engine to the party and staff from Paradise Wildlife Park went along with some animals.
Local shops and businesses donated prizes for the raffle including Tesco, Waitrose, Morrison’s, Stone Hills, Toni & Guy, Starbucks, Halfords, Red Indian, The Attimore, Austin’s and Boots.
Youth Create Does Parties, Cassie’s Cake and Bakes, Sara’s Sweet Treats and Party Cones, Walking Animal Fun, Ballons Baking Dawn and Finest Layers Cakes provided party services for free.
Elliot’s mum Vikki Mason, 27, who organised the party with her partner James Harridge, said: “I’m lost for words.
“Sunday meant more to me and Elliot than I can put into words.
“When everyone sang happy birthday he looked up into my eyes, with my girls [Ebony, eight, and Esmae, four] standing next to me, I could not have asked for anything more.
“I couldn’t have done it without my family, friends, everyone who helped and Lister Hospital staff who did their upmost to get him home for the weekend.”
On Monday, after his party Elliot returned to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) to undergo an operation to fit a gastrojejunostomy tube between his stomach and the proximal loop of the jejunum.
The procedure did not go to plan and Vikki is now hoping he will be able to return home for his birthday today (Wednesday, September 27).
Vikki added: “It’s so upsetting.
“I would do anything to switch with him so he didn’t have to go through this.”
Elliot is now waiting to have neurosurgery and start hormone treatment.