Brave lit­tle Dy­lan stands un­aided for the first time

Rutherglen Reformer - - NEWS - Dou­glas Dickie

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

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