A North-east footballer and his wife have praised medical staff for saving their son’s life after he was struck down by pneumonia.
Peterhead FC forward Rory McAllister and wife Ashley were left reeling when three-year-old Noel became seriously ill after becoming unwell on New Year’s Day.
The youngster developed breathing problems and was referred to Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital where an X-ray revealed the lung condition.
His parents were told surgery was necessary due to the discovery of an infection in the lung cavity.
Mrs McAllister, a business travel consultant, said: “There was a long pause before the surgeon spoke. He explained he had opened Noel and he was worse than he expected.”
Noel had to be flown to Edinburgh Children’s Hospital. Eventually, he recovered enough to be taken home.
But, within a few days, he developed chicken pox and, the following week, his breathing problems returned – an X-ray revealed pneumonia had returned.
Thankfully, now he is back in the family home, Noel is thriving.
His mum added: “We would not have made it without the great surgeon, doctors, nurses, high dependency staff, family, friends, employers, air ambulance staff and everyone else who supported us.”