Brave little Dylan stands unaided for the first time
A Cambuslang tot who suffers from a potentially fatal heart condition has stood unaided by himself for the first time.
Little Dylan McCole ( 1) suffers from Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyophathy (HOC) which causes thickening of muscles around the heart, leaving him at constant risk of cardiac arrest.
Last month, we reported that he had been taken to Great Ormond Street Hospital for tests with specialists when he was put on new medication.
Mum Elaine was stunned to see him stand up unaided recently at his gran’s house, with doctors saying his development may have been delayed by the condition.
She said: “On Facebook, there is a thing that lets you look back so many years and he’s actually doing the kind of things Taylor [his brother] was doing at that time.
“His condition isn’t actually restricting him. He was at my mum’s and just stood up. Everyone was so excited, and Taylor was shouting ‘he’s standing!’
“I tell everyone I see that he’s standing by himself. Most of the time he can hold on to the table and stand and when he lets go he just falls but he’ll get there, he’s just like any other toddler.
“We were away for a few days and the kids stayed with my mum and she said ‘he’ll be walking when you come back.’
“I think he’s going to be like his dad and you can see a difference between him and his brother. Taylor is more laid back while Dylan is on the go all the time.”
Elaine, who moved to Glasgow’s east end last week but still works at Equi’s in Drumsagard, has organised a charity night for Dylan on Saturday, August 22.
She has secured the Hazelwood Pub in Nitshill, which is owned by her sisterin-law and she has been inundated with offers of help after posting on the All About Cambuslang Facebook page.
The night, which will include a DJ as well as charity auctions and raffles. Tickets are on sale for £5 and all proceeds will go to the cardiology department at Yorkhill Hospital.
Before the recent trip to London, Elaine (35) and Dylan’s dad, David (34), had feared their son would have to go under the knife. But instead, specialists upped his dose of Propranolol as well as prescribing him a new, stronger drug to try and manage his illness.
Dylan, who was diagnosed with HOC in February, also suffers from constipation and had his dosage of Movicol increased with a new drug also prescribed.
Elaine admits it hasn’t all been plain sailing since.
She said: “He’s got his new medication now but it’s a bit of a nightmare getting him to take it. We’ll need to go to the hospital again because it tastes vile, very bitter and not nice at all.”
He was at my mum’s and just stood up. Everyone was so excited
Family fun Mum Elaine McCole with sons Dylan and Taylor