Ipswich toddler left in a coma after falling off sofa
One catastrophic action turned a cosy Friday night at home into a life-or-death drama for a Suffolk mum, who watched as her toddler son flipped backwards off the sofa without warning, landing with a thud as his head crashed down on the hard floor.
Lee Alexander's son Henry needed four hours of surgery after the incident and was put into an induced coma by doctors.
"I was just sitting on the sofa when Henry came up for a cuddle," Miss Alexander told the East Anglian Daily Times. "Then he fell backwards and hit his head. He made a cry I had never heard before and kept fitting."
The terrified mum ran out into the street with neighbours rushing to her aid. Soon, an air ambulance was on its way and the family were rushed to Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge.
"We kept asking what was happening but they couldn't tell us anything," added Miss Alexander.
Henry was found to have a blood clot in his brain and was put into an induced coma for one week.
"Everything that could go wrong, then went wrong," said Miss Alexander.
However after a period of recovery he was allowed home in November after another brain operation.
"We are still struggling now. Henry's doing amazingly well but he's still got a long way to go in recovery," said Miss Alexander.
"To look at him, he looks fine, but he has highs and lows, and he could have special educational needs."
To repay the charities that saved his life the family have arranged a ball on September 28 at All Manor of Events in Ipswich. All the money raised will go to the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, The Sick Children's Trust and PICU.
The family is looking for donations for prizes for the ball, anyone who would like to help, please email the family here.