South Shields baby boy has new light in his world after £3k fundraising effort

A baby boy born with a rare sight condition now has new light in his life thanks the generosity of people and businesses in South Tyneside.

Four month-old Ted Elliott was diagnosed with Primary Congenital Glaucoma and Congenital Hereditary Endothelial Dystrophy and has already undergone a series of operations since he was born.

New mobile sensory space for baby Ted Elliott.

New mobile sensory space for baby Ted Elliott.

It means the youngster is only able to see light and dark - something doctors say will now never change after they found more problems with his eyes.

His parents Stevie Fellows, 22, and Paul Elliott, 25, were desperate to raise the £3,000 needed to buy a mobile sensory room so that he could have a place he could call his own.

After their plight became known, kind-hearted residents and businesses come together to help the couple hit the target to enable them to get their little boy his room.

The room has now been installed in Paul’s home in Laygate, South Shields.

He just has no hope when it comes to his sight - so this sensory room is now everything to him.

Stevie Fellows

Stevie, who is also mum to the couple’s daughter Eva, said: “He has been in the new room and he loves it.

“He was just enthralled by the lights. He has never rolled over, but he rolled over to reach the lights - it’s just amazing to watch him.

“I never expected we would ever have the money to make this happen never mind raising it so quickly.”

She added: “We just can’t thank everyone who got behind Ted enough. We had a few anonymous donations which really helped us reach out target, those people know who they are, and we are so grateful.

Mother Stevie Fellows and father Paul Elliott with baby Ted Elliott in the new mobile sensory room

Mother Stevie Fellows and father Paul Elliott with baby Ted Elliott in the new mobile sensory room

“He is just a different child in the room. He is more alert, more active, he was smiling.

“Before he wouldn’t do anything and it was really hard to get him to engage with you and play, now he loves to play.”

Stevie added: “His eyes have started to deteriorate and they’ve found new problems with his eyes.

“They did hope he would be able to have operations to help improve his eyesight but they’ve basically said now, the chances of the operations working is the same chance as I have to win the lottery.

“The extent of damage to his eyes is a lot worse than they thought. His iris is under developed and he has a membrane over his pupils.

“He just has no hope when it comes to his sight - so this sensory room is now everything to him.”

A fundraising night held at Buzzer’s in South Shields helped the couple hit the £3,000 target.