A SIX-YEAR-OLD boy is fighting for his life in a coma after simple headaches turned out to be a rare brain disease.
The brave little Ellis artist from Halifax started to feel bad last week.
His aunt, Nicola Bicknell (34), said he had come home from school and complained of headaches, but that after getting Calpol, "was fine and bounced".
"Then he woke up in the middle of the night, screaming that his head and neck ached and he vomited because of the pain," she said.
Mama-of-three Sarah did not send Ellis to school the next day and he was sent to speak with his grandmother, Kathryn.
He fell asleep and after trying to wake him Kathryn took him to the doctor, who suggested that he might get a virus and that he would be taken to hospital if he had no signs of improvement within the next six hours. shown.
Two hours later, Kathryn Ellis rushed to the Bradford Royal Infirmary.
Nicola said, "They thought it was viral meningitis, so he was admitted to the pediatric ward and given antibiotics.
"He hardly woke up and wept and murmured in his sleep, and it was really frightening for everyone.
"He also developed a red rash on his body."
Ellis received a CT scan and a lumbar puncture that did not return unambiguously.
The schoolboy was then sent to an MRI scan and two hours later a doctor told the family to be taken to the intensive care unit.
Nicola said: "They put him in a medically induced coma and transferred him to the general infirmary of Leeds.
"He had an MRI scan on Monday, where he discovered that the swelling had spread from his brain along his spine.
"They do not know what this could mean for him, they said they saw people coming in with this virus and went home okay, but they also saw that it causes a disability.
"He was on a ventilator, however, is now breathing alone, but he has had these mini-attacks that he says are caused by the swelling."
Ellis was eventually diagnosed with acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, a condition that can develop after a mild infection.
It causes the immune cells to attack the healthy myelin covering the nerves and confuse it with an infection.
Ellis & # 39; parents, Sarah and Paul, and siblings have been given an accommodation near the hospital by The Sick Children's Trust, so they can be at the little boy's bed.
Aunt and mother-of-three Nicola said that Ellis & # 39; parents are always at his bed & # 39 ;.
The doctors have been very good and give them as much information as possible.
"He could be in the hospital for a long time, we think it will be at least a few months.
"Ellis is an energetic, happy boy, he is rather impetuous, he is a normal six-year-old boy who loves football club Bradford City.
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"His brothers are aware of what is going on, but they do not really understand it: the youngest, Toby, thinks he's in the hospital because he hit his leg.
"He is a tough cookie and we all pray for some change."
Friends and family have raised £ 3,500 so far for Ellis, while his school also collects money for him.
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