23 December 2019 18:34
Sign up to FREE daily email alerts from dailyrecord - daily Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email A young Scots' toddler fighting a life limiting lung and heart disorder has been given a welcome boost in his battle with the condition – from global football icon David Beckham. Little Zac Gunn, who recently turned two this month (December), enjoyed a kick about with the former England and Manchester United star while in London for treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Zac, from Motherwell, Lanarkshire, was recently diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension, a rare and extremely serious condition that affects the heart and lungs. But despite his battle, Zac managed to shrug off his worries to enjoy a kickabout with 'Becks' in front of stunned Great Ormond Street staff and proud parents Gordon, 33, and Ashley, 32. Dad Gordon said: "It has been a really tough time for Zac and for all of the family.
Collectively we've been in shock since being given the diagnosis and we struggled to cope initially as a family. "But for someone so young, Zac is such a strong person and a real fighter. "It was amazing to see him forget his worries for a while by playing football with David Beckham. David is a global superstar but Zac wasn't phased at all and got stuck in. "It was an amazing experience and I can't thank David, or the staff at Great Ormond Street, enough." Zac was diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension in September this year after doctors ruled his blood vessels were too small for his heart to be able to pump blood through his body.
The youngster had gone through five weeks of tests, firstly at Wishaw General Hospital then at Glasgow's Royal Hospital for Children before his case was transferred to London's Great Ormond Street. Following diagnosis, Zac's parents launched a Just Giving page to try and raise much needed funds for Great Ormond Street's Pulmonary Hypertension service, part of the Hospital's Cardiorespiratory clinical unit. Dad Gordon – who alongside wife Ashley overcame their fear of heights by taking part in a skydive recently to raise further funds for Zac's treatment – added: "It has been a tough few months for everyone but especially Zac – but he has taken everything in his stride so far. From friends and family to the doctors and nurses that we've met. To support the Gunn family's fundraising efforts for Zac, you can donate here. Sign up to FREE daily email alerts from lincolnshirelive - Daily Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email A mum has told of the moment she welled up with emotion as she watched her teenage son ring the hospital bell to signal the end of his cancer treatment. Charlie Tatchell and his family were left stunned in April this year when a large lump on his groin, he had hidden for three weeks, turned out to be ALCL (Anaplastic large cell lymphoma) - a rare type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. However, for his mum, Sarah, the end of his treatment is a positive milestone in what has been an incredibly difficult year and she admits she was "very proud" and added that things got "emotional". "It's been a long, rocky road from the beginning of April this year watching my son go through what he has went through has been hard for me and my husband Stuart. "My son Oliver, who is 16, has been amazing and so grown up through all of this while myself or my husband were staying in his hospital with Charlie. "Charlie is now having MRI and X-ray every two months as there is a high chance of the ALCL cancer coming backing in the first two years. "Then he will go to six months and he won't get the all-clear until he is 23-years-old, but Charlie is looking at it positively and said 'Mum, I will be driving myself there then'. Charlie's family are now looking ahead to the future and already their luck has changed. Mrs Tatchell said: "We got the best news two months ago to end a horrible year. "My son David and his partner Tanisha are having a baby - my first grandchild. "We are hoping next year will be different for us all as a family. "In the New Year, I am going to be a fundraiser for PASIC (Parents' Association for Seriously Ill Children) charity, which supports families on wards to give them days out." The family has already benefited from charity help, with the When You Wish Upon A Star charity taking them to Lapland earlier this month, where they also got to spend time with stars from Emmerdale including Natalie Robb, who plays Moira, and Ash Palmisciano, who plays Matty Barton. When news of Charlie's story first broke, the family were keen to stress the importance of people getting any lumps or bumps checked out with their GP. Family friend, Kara Harrison, who spoke on behalf of the family at the time, said: "Please, please if anyone finds a lump they are unsure of then please act immediately. "Charlie's family have highly stressed this.