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South Yorkshire firms rally for little Zac

Zac Burnell, who has tracheobronchomalacia. The condition means the cartilage in his windpipe is too flaccid and can lead to it collapsing as a result of breathing. Home reonovations means he can now go home.

Zac Burnell, who has tracheobronchomalacia. The condition means the cartilage in his windpipe is too flaccid and can lead to it collapsing as a result of breathing. Home reonovations means he can now go home.

Big-hearted business people have united to make sure a youngster with a rare condition could be cared for out of hospital.

Zac Purnell, aged one, faced another return to the high- dependency unit at Sheffield Children’s Hospital while structural changes and repairs were made to his family home in Maltby, Rotherham.

But The Crown Hotel in Bawtry has adapted a room to accommodate Zac – whose condition means the cartilage in his windpipe is too weak, and he can collapse simply by breathing – so his nursing team can look after him on site.

Italian restaurant Ziniz in Bawtry has also offered to cater for the family.

Zac has spent 14 months in hospital but they were able to bring him home for Christmas.

Zac’s dad Stephen, who cares for his son full time, said: “Due to a lack of respite care Zac was going to have to return to the high-dependency unit as he is unable to be at home while some structural changes are made and water leak repaired.

“Hospital however is not the safest place as it is often full of sick children and the risk of infection is increased, placing Zac at risk. It would also cost around £1,500 a day for him to stay in hospital, taking up a needed bedspace. The Bawtry business community heard of the plight and have come together.”

 

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