A GOOD Samaritan has kick started an appeal to help a South Tyneside baby with a donation of £500.
Zac Amos suffers from plagiocephaly – flat head syndrome – which has left his skull misshapen.
The youngster, who is six months old, developed the condition after being born with a weak neck muscle. This meant he couldn’t turn his head to the right and, as babies have soft skulls when first born, this led to his head becoming flattened on the right side.
His mother, Gemma Robson and her partner, Steven Amos, 32, from Cleadon Park, South Shields, are aiming to raise £2,000 to buy the youngster a special helmet, which will help mould his skull back into shape. The device is not available on the NHS because it is classed as a cosmetic aid.
After the Gazette highlighted the family’s plight on Saturday, a donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, has handed over a cheque for £500.
The man said: “I was really touched by the story and thought I should help out.”
Gemma, 30, who is also mum to Luke, 10, said: “I can’t believe this. That’s amazing. We are delighted that someone would do this. We are very grateful.”
Friends and family are coming together to organise a charity night to try to raise the remainder of the cash needed.
The helmet, which will be specially made for Zac, will help the skull be repositioned into a regular shape. He will have to wear it for 23 hours a day, only having one hour of freedom.
Gemma said: “We’ve been told the problem might correct itself over time, but I don’t want to wait, on the off-chance it doesn’t.
“The flatness hasn’t improved, so we are keen to try the helmet. It could solve the problem in as little as 12 weeks, which would be amazing.
“He would have to wear it 23 hours a day, only taking it off for bathing, but it would be worth it.”
A charity night will be held for Zac’s benefit at the Rose and Crown pub in Centenary Avenue, South Shields, on Friday, January 31.
Tickets cost £2 and are available from the pub or by calling Gemma on 07704 945 247.