A 12-YEAR-OLD boy who fell on holiday and thought he’d got concussion ended up at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth with swelling on the brain.
Lewis Smith had an emergency six-hour operation, which included removing part of his skull.
But now he’s on the road to recovery and held a football match with friends to raise money for the hospitals that helped him.
Lewis had banged his head while on holiday in Cornwall.
After a series of headaches, he visited his GP who said he had concussion.
But, when the swelling failed to go down, Lewis’ parents decided to take him to QA.
He was given antibiotics and had a CT scan showing blocked sinuses and an infection above the brain.
Lewis was transferred immediately to Southampton General Hospital and was in surgery for six hours.
He said: ‘I didn’t know what was happening.
‘But people were coming in to see me and all my family were there so it really helped.’
As a thank you to the hospitals that helped save him, Lewis, from Midlington Road, Droxford, decided to auction off football memorabilia and other items to raise money.
Joined by his Botley under-13 teammates, Lewis managed to raise £1,615 which was shared between the hospitals.
Lewis added: ‘I feel good that we gave them some money to help them out.
‘I might miss this season but I will be back next season and I still kick a ball in the back garden.
‘My teammates welcomed me back and told me there will always be a place for me.’
During the surgery, Lewis had a part of his skull removed and stitched inside his stomach to be replaced when the swelling went down.
This will be done during an operation on November 12.
His mum Nikki said: ‘I want to thank everyone who has helped Lewis through this ordeal.
‘Dan Mays, his team manager, and the team have been fantastic in raising money for the hospitals who have treated Lewis and have spoiled him with special treats. It has been hard for Lewis as he has a soft spot on his head like a fontanelle and he can’t play football.
‘He can only watch it at the moment but everyone has gone out of their way to make this time as easy as possible and we are truly grateful to everyone for their wonderful support.’
Mr Mays added: ‘Lewis is a fantastic lad.
‘I look forward to him making a full recovery and get back out on the pitch, he is a credit to the team. A big thank you to all of the parents, players and various companies for helping us raise as much as possible.’