Five-year-old Thomas is a ‘little marvel’

Gerald Vernon Jackson
Gerald Vernon Jackson
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A five-year-old boy who underwent miracle brain surgery has had his life ‘completely turned around’ since the invasive operation almost two years ago.

Thomas Cotton, from Great Whelnetham, was suffering seizures every 30 seconds after being diagnosed with rare neurological syndrome Rasmussen’s Encephalitis.

In September 2012, Thomas underwent a hemispherectomy to disconnect the left side of his brain and put an end to his two-year ordeal.

His father James, 36, said following months of rehabilitation Thomas has had his life turned around.

“He is our little marvel,” he said.

“It is like being reborn for him.

“Thomas has gone from having no life at all to doing everything that every other child can do.

“He was at the point of spending his whole life in hospital,

“But his life has been completely turned around.”

Thomas started school a year late in September and is making good progress learning his alphabet and numbers.

“He is doing amazingly well,” said James.

“Compared to before it is a completely different world for him.

“He has been going to school full time and has been learning his numbers and letters which would have been just a dream the state he was in two years ago.

“He is now learning to ride a bicycle and is collecting stickers for his new World Cup album.

“Before he was struggling to walk and speak at but he is quite the little chatter box now.

“People cannot believe the difference when they see him.”

Although Thomas’ seizures have stopped, the operation has left him with a weak left side and the loss of his peripheral left vision.

But James said he would take the same decision in a heart beat.

Last Saturday James and his wife Joanne,38, organised a summer disco at Great Whelnetham community centre, raising more than £1600 for charity.

The money is being split between West Suffolk Hospital’s Rainbow Ward, which will receive £1,000, and The Daisy Garland, a charity which supports children with life threatening epilepsy.

James said: “We feel completely indebted to the Rainbow Ward.

“It is the best children’s ward we have ever experienced - but we hope we never have to go back.

“The fund raising disco was such a success we plan to do it every year.

“It is a nice feeling being able to give something back.”