Callum’s ‘Chance For Sight’ goes to China

Doting parents Emma Magee and Gerard Logue with their son, Callum who are travelling to China for medical treatment. (0306SL04) Photo: Stephen Latimer

Doting parents Emma Magee and Gerard Logue with their son, Callum who are travelling to China for medical treatment. (0306SL04) Photo: Stephen Latimer

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A Limavady family are “overwhelmed” by the generosity of the local community who helped them raise £40,000 to take their baby son to China for potentially life changing medical treatment.

Brave little Callum Logue is registered blind, diagnosed soon after birth with a rare condition called Septo-Optic Dysplasia. The toddler has diabetes and is on a cocktail of medication to keep his hydration and sodium levels in check. He also has growth hormone treatment, and the slightest hint of a fever means more medication.

Callum’s parents, Emma Magee and Gerard Logue were devastated to learn of their baby boy’s condition, but quickly set about researching what it meant for Callum. They found out about a little girl in Belfast who had the same condition as Callum and met with the family to hear about stem cell treatment she had in China, which they say gave her sight.

The couple started fundraing last year, and this week announced the dates for the trip to China on their Facebook page, “Callum’s Chance For Sight”.

“It’s just overwhelming, the generosity of people,” mum Emma told the ‘Journal’.”We can’t believe it to be honest.”

Callum, who turns three in September, and his parents will travel to China from August 19th until September 8.

“Callum’s doing great and keeping really well, so it’s looking good. We know that anyone who has had the treatment does see an improvement, although it is different for each person. Callum has had such a tough life. He’s not getting to be the child he should be. He has to rely on other people all the time.”

Events to fundraise for Callum have included people doing marathons, fashion shows, charity football and cricket matches and taken place all over the North West from Limavady to Donegal.

“We want to say a big thank you to everyone. It’s overwhelming.”