A MUM and dad whose “world fell apart” as their son battled for his life in hospital are bursting with pride as he looks to put a smile on youngsters’ faces this Christmas.

Codi Fleming spent four weeks in hospital and underwent life-saving operations before learning how to use his right arm again earlier this year.

The youngster, who attends Tranent’s Windygoul Primary School, is now out of hospital and determined to ensure that fellow children at Edinburgh’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children have a festive period to remember for all the right reasons.

Eleven-year-old Codi, who spent time over Easter in the hospital in the Capital, is looking to donate selection boxes and gifts to children in ward seven – neurology/neurosurgery.

His mum Colleen said: “We were in over Easter and, even then, he was separated from his brothers and sisters.

“It was such a horrible feeling.

“I would hate for it to be at Christmas time – it’s meant to be family time.”

Coronavirus restrictions meant that only two people, Colleen and husband Steven, were allowed to visit the P7 pupil during his time in hospital.

That meant that Codi, who was a keen goalkeeper for Tranent Colts 2008s, did not see his older sister Shannon, 17, or 12-year-old brother Leon, as well as seven-year-old brother Jaycob, for several weeks.

Initially, doctors thought he had gastroenteritis before Codi started hallucinating and “didn’t know where he was”.

Colleen, of Tranent’s Robertson Drive, said: “I took him to accident and emergency at the Sick Kids, where they thought he had mumps.

“They took his blood and put him on a drip and on the Friday morning our world fell apart.

“He had to go for MRT and CT scans, and two hours later they came back and said it was a brain infection caused by a dental abscess and sinus infection.

“Codi was then rushed to high dependency on the Friday and that night he went to get the tooth removed and pus drained from his mouth and sinuses to relieve the pressure from his brain.”

Codi had to undergo life-saving surgery on Mother’s Day before undergoing a further operation where he lost part of his skull.

The youngster, who has since had a metal plate fitted, had to undergo intense physiotherapy, as well as being referred to the speech and language department and also occupational therapy to enable him to get the use of his right hand back.

Colleen, 34, said that she was “proud as punch” of her son’s attitude in hospital and his kind-hearted gesture.

She added: “He was fighting against the odds.

“Everything was against him and they said he should be brain damaged or, worst case scenario, should not be here.

“Through it all, he never lost his spirit, never moaned and just got on with it.

“Codi came to me on Friday and said he would like to give something back to the children who unfortunately will be spending Christmas in hospital when they should be at home with their family.

“With everything he has been through, to think of other children is outstanding.”

The selection boxes and gifts will be taken to the children, who are aged up to 13, in the lead-up to Christmas. To make a donation, get in touch with Colleen Fleming on Facebook.