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Dylan’s bravery to be recognised at Buckingham Palace ceremony

Post by Tee on Wed Oct 26, 2011 10:45 am

Published on Monday 24 October 2011 09:44

A SCHOOLBOY whose courage and good humour in the face of serious illness impressed all those around him, will be recognised at a special awards ceremony at Buckingham Palace next month.

Young Dylan Kerr (11), a P7 pupil at the Cope Primary School, Loughgall, has been described as “an inspiration to his family, his school and St John Ambulance” by the St John leader who nominated him.

Dylan, who lives on the Lislasley Road, was diagnosed last September with Idiopathic Intercranial Hypertension (IIH), a condition which caused him to suffer blinding headaches and bouts of vomiting.

Although he had been experiencing symptoms since he was in P5 and was being treated for migraine headaches, his condition worsened and his mum Helen became convinced that there was something more serious at the root of her son’s problems.

She explained, “There were days when Dylan would have vomited nine or ten times in a day, and it was projectile vomiting, The headaches were terrible. Nothing would take them away, but Dylan just put up with it.”

However, it was after an incident last August when Dylan fell backwards into a glass vase at his grandmother’s house during a dizzy spell, that Helen determined to find out what was wrong.

The condition, which occurs for no apparent reason and can result in blindness if not treated, was diagnosed after a lumbar puncture revealed that the pressure in Dylan’s brain was three time higher than what it should have been - fluid had to be drained off to relieve the pressure.

The young boy spent long periods in Craigavon Hospital and the Royal Victoria Hospital for Sick Children, undergoing a total of five painful lumbar puncture procedures, and missed more than four months of school, before doctors were able to stabilise his condition with drugs.

Throughout the ordeal, Dylan’s mum Helen said he never complained and it was this stoic attitude which prompted Dwayne McKenzie, the leader of the Badgers section of St John Ambulance, of which Dylan has been a member since the age of six, to nominate him for a Special Achievement Award.


http://www.portadowntimes.co.uk/news/local/dylan_s_bravery_to_be_recognised_at_buckingham_palace_ceremony_1_3174065

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Post by Tee on Wed Oct 26, 2011 10:45 am

One brave little boy Smile

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