By Lindsey Newton
James gets all-clear after haemorrhage
Christmas was extra special for one Thetford boy, who has been given the all-clear after a brain haemorrhage.
James Richardson, four, of St Audrey's, Thetford, suffered a brain haemorrhage the size of a plum caused by a rare condition – Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) – in which malformed capillaries cause tangled blood vessels.
The bleed, was diagnosed on October 8 after staff at Play Days Nursery, in White Hart Street, Thetford, noticed he was feeling unwell and took him to see a GP. It took four hours of surgery at Addenbrooke's Hospital, in Cambridge, to remove.
James' mother Liz Richardson, 34, and her husband Paul, 39, praised the nursery's actions and their son's bravery.
Mrs Richardson, said: "Seeing James looking so unwell and lying in a hospital bed was unbearable and I have blocked most of it out because it was so traumatic.
"My brother died from a brain haemorrhage six years ago and even though the two conditions weren't related, it didn't stop me worrying.
"It was difficult to explain to James what was going on, but after the operation we said the doctors had taken his headaches away."
"My six-year-old daughter, Kate, found it really hard."
She said the family was grateful to Acorn House, which is run by The Sick Children's Trust, which let them stay while James was being treated, and wanted to thank everyone who had helped them.
"It has been really tough, but I am so pleased James has been given the all-clear," she added
James has recovered so well his surgeon does not want to see him for another six months.
James' grandfather Brian Fisher, 67, of Old Market Street, Thetford, said: "He was tremendously lucky and we have been looking forward to spending Christmas together."
Mrs Richardson is now planning to raise money to say thank you to Acorn House and the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Addenbrooke's Hospital.
Oh boy , do I have a hangover! So I'll be keeping this short....
I was victim of a party last night. I only had three drinks... but oh do I feel them now!