1Ds Louis Tomlinson meets miracle toddler Harrison

Louis Tomlinson with Harrison and his parents Adam Elmer and Sam Baker.
Louis Tomlinson with Harrison and his parents Adam Elmer and Sam Baker.

He impressed fans with his footballing skills - but South Yorkshire pop star Louis Tomlinson still took time out of his busy schedule to see a toddler who defied the odds to survive a near-fatal illness.

Louis - one-fifth of boyband One Direction - dropped in to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in North Anston to see one-year-old Harrison Ellmer, who miraculously recovered from meningitis.

Harrison was taken to the hospice for end-of-life care at three weeks old, but stunned doctors by continuing to breathe when his ventilator was switched off.

The youngster’s family have since raised more than £5,000 for Bluebell Wood, and are set to lead the charity’s Colour Dash 5k run through Rother Valley Country Park in May.

Louis, aged 22, from Bessacarr in Doncaster, wanted to get involved in the race, but will be out of the country at the time of the event, so decided to pass on his running number - 0001 - to Harrison’s team in his place.

He visited the hospice on the same day as his professional football debut for Doncaster Rovers’ reserve side.

“Harrison’s story is remarkable. It was inspirational meeting him and his family,” said Louis.

“I can’t think how difficult it must have been for them. Bluebell Wood is a fantastic place that helps so many children and I’m honoured to be their patron and help raise money.”

Samantha Baker, Harrison’s mum, said it was ‘surreal’ to meet Louis, adding: “I can’t believe such a global superstar has been touched by our amazing little boy.”