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Panto thrill for Callum after hospital rush

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: December 26, 2013

By Gail Atkinson

CHRISTMAS WISH...Callum McCabe, four, and mum Kelly Lyth are pictured with cast members from Sleeping Beauty at Stafford Gatehouse

CHRISTMAS WISH...Callum McCabe, four, and mum Kelly Lyth are pictured with cast members from Sleeping Beauty at Stafford Gatehouse

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A POORLY youngster who missed his first pantomime when he had to go into hospital was all smiles when the Newsletter and Stafford Gatehouse Theatre stepped in to make his Christmas wish come true.

Callum McCabe was diagnosed with diabetes in April and caught a viral sickness days before he was to go to the panto in Rugeley earlier this month. Callum, who also suffers from eye problems, was rushed into hospital and missed the show.

His mum Kelly Lyth, of Chester Road, Rugeley, said: "We were going to the Red Rose Theatre in Rugeley.

"He was absolutely distraught about missing it but he was really happy when we told him he was going to the Gatehouse panto. We were on the way to Wolverhampton Eye Hospital. Mum told him in the car and he was really excited.

"He doesn't feel he's missing out now. "

Callum, a pupil at Chuchfields Primary School, took his mum and grandparents to last Wednesday's performance of Sleeping Beauty.

After the show he said: "I liked the princess best, she was very pretty."

Ms Lyth said: "It's making memories for him. He's really been through the mill, he deserves everything. Ever since he was diagnosed we have lived in a diabetes bubble.

"I just want to say a big thank you to the Newsletter and Gatehouse."

The family has just been awarded NHS funding to provide an insulin pump for Callum which will deliver pre programmed measured doses.

"That will be fitted in January so hopefully his bloods will be a bit more consistent.

"Once we get the pump we can start living, go on holiday and have fun," said Ms Lyth.

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