Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

When He Stands I Think I 'Ll Combust. Now the Real Work Starts." .. Family's Delight as Callum Flies Home after Successful US Operation

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

When He Stands I Think I 'Ll Combust. Now the Real Work Starts." .. Family's Delight as Callum Flies Home after Successful US Operation

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TEARS in their eyes, the family of Callum Brown welcomed him back home.

The brave eight-year-old touched down at Newcastle Airport yesterday morning after spending more than a month at a hospital in the United States undergoing pioneering surgery to help him walk.

Coming through the arrival gate in his wheelchair with his parents, Sharon and Neil, an overwhelmed Callum rushed towards his waiting grandparents for a welcome-home cuddle.

Mum Sharon, 40, said: "It is great to be home, it was a relief touching down, I was just thinking I have to get home."

The family began their journey to St Louis Children's Hospital in Missouri on January 20. During their month-long stay, Callum, who suffers from diplegic cerebral palsy, underwent two major operations under the watchful eye of world-renowned surgeon Dr TS Park.

Just days after his first operation Callum, of Seaton Sluice in Northumberland, took his first steps with the help of his physiotherapist and mum Sharon.

Now the family are looking forward to seeing Callum, a pupil at New Hartley First School, progress as they hope to see him walking independently in a year.

"Callum has been amazing," said mum-of-one Sharon.

"He is just very emotional because he has missed his grandparents."

She added: "He has achieved all his goals, he has done everything he should have done.

"I would not have imagined before we went out that he would come this far. It hasn't sunk in yet.

"It has been such a roller coaster and emotional.

"Hopefully it will all sink in soon, when he stands I think I will combust.

"It has been two years planning this trip and now it is all over.

"It has been such a long journey but now the real work starts."

On his arrival in the USA last month, Callum underwent a five-hour procedure known as selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery. …

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