Brave four year old boy starting school after kidney removal

A four year old boy who has undergone five lifesaving operations, including a kidney removal in January this year, is excited to be going to school this September! Starting school for Charlie Hammerton, from Rotherham, is a big step for him and his Mum, Emma. Emma was shocked to learn at her 32 week scan that Charlie had a blockage in his urethra which had caused substantial damage to her son’s right kidney and doctors were unsure whether his left kidney would function after birth. At just 15 hours old, Charlie had his first operation at Jessop wing in the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield to fit a suprapubic catheter, after which he was transferred to Sheffield Children’s Hospital. By the time he was eight weeks old, Charlie had undergone multiple lifesaving operations to stretch his urethra. Charlie was hospitalised again at the Sheffield Children’s Hospital at six months old due to a chest infection which led to a collapsed lung, and earlier this year in January, Charlie had to have his right kidney removed.

Despite having undergone five major surgeries, Charlie will be starting at Ryecroft Infant School in September. Emma says:

“We take every day as it comes, Charlie is the happiest little boy and makes everyone smile. He is really looking forward to making new friends and wants to be a footballer when he grows up!”

During the multiple times that Charlie was in hospital, his family were supported by The Sick Children’s Trust with free ‘Home from Home’ accommodation at Magnolia and Treetop Houses, two of the charity’s ten houses nationwide supporting families with seriously ill children in hospital.