A dad has told of the moment his son became one of Britain’s youngest stroke victims – after he diagnosed the condition thanks to a TV advert. Phil Kerman, 39, said he was horrified when he found his 19-month-old son Ronnie ‘unresponsive’ and ‘floppy’ in his crib.
The tot, who has a twin brother Robert, was rushed to hospital where his and his wife Lisa’s ‘worst nightmare’ was realised.
Medics told the couple that Ronnie had two cysts and a non-cancerous tumour on his brain.
As they wait for an operation to remove the tumour the family are using a secret weapon to help their little boy recover – his twin brother Robert.
Yesterday the toddler visited Ronnie in hospital and went straight up to give him a kiss.
Their proud dad, Philip said: “It was great to see.
“Robert went straight up to him and touched his face and said, ‘Hiya, Hiya’.
“He was trying to give him a kiss. Ronnie smiled from ear to ear and his eyes lit up when he realised it was his brother.
Doctors are now racing against time to drain the cysts – which keep refilling – to save the tot’s life.
The tumour and cysts – described by medics to the family as looking like ‘Mickey Mouse ears’ – are due to be removed later this month.
The toddler has been left partially sighted and the family are waiting for news about the long-term effects.
Dad-of-three Phil, of Hull, East Yorks, said of the moment he saw his son stricken: “I was shocked to see him in his cot crying in pain and unable to move.