'Seeing Charley in Santa run is a Christmas gift'
A SEVEN-year-old boy who suffered a massive brain bleed after falling at school has made a full recovery and is preparing to take part in a charity fun run this weekend.
In March, Charley Brooks collapsed and stopped breathing for around three hours after hitting his head on a playground wall at Montpelier School, as reported in The Herald.
But following emergency surgery to remove a blood clot and after spending months recovering at home Charley, from Peverell, is looking forward to donning a red suit and beard and taking part in the annual Santa Fun Run.
He will be running with his mum Lai-Yin Wong Brooks, his Auntie Marcia Macey, and his best friend Ted who is six-years-old.
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They will all be helping to raise money for Diabetes UK, Dame Hannah Rogers and CHICKS.
Charley's mum Lai-Yin said: "Charley's doing really well following his accident. He did get a little bit behind with school but he was given an award from the headteacher for his achievements in reading and writing."
When Lai-Yin picked Charley up from school she was told he had bumped his head. Within an hour of leaving the school he collapsed.
His family said the quick actions of their GP surgery, the ambulance service and Derriford Hospital doctors saved her son's life. A scan showed a large clot under his skull which was putting pressure on the left side of his brain.
"Charley has now made a full recovery and he wanted to do the Santa Fun Run with his friend," said Lai-Yin.
"He's our little miracle and we're all so proud he's doing this run for charity despite all he's been through.
"To see Charley running with his best friend after the year he's had will be like getting an early Christmas present."