Video: The joyful moment boy welcomed home from Birmngham Children's Hospital with belated Christmas party
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This is the heartwarming moment residents threw a belated Christmas party for a four-year-old boy with incurable cancer after he spent the festive period in hospital.
Little Tommy-Rae Johnson Martin was welcomed back by a crowd of more than 100 people as he pulled up outside his home in Wednesbury for the first time in seven weeks.
Kind-hearted locals clubbed together to cover the neighbourhood in Christmas decorations for the youngster's emotional return on Monday night (February 5). Brave Tommy-Rae spent Christmas in Birmingham Children’s Hospital after being diagnosed with a rare and aggressive brain tumour.
He was taken to hospital on December 14 after his parents realised he was suffering with constipation. After running tests, doctors found that Tommy-Rae had a fast-growing embryonal tumour on the brain.
Tommy-Rae underwent an operation to remove the tumour, but the cancer had already spread. He was too weak to undergo chemotherapy. After his most recent scan on January 30, doctors found 'significant and rapid' progression of the right frontal tumour to the left.
Parents Romanie Lawley and Jack Martin desperately reached out to six surgeons in six different countries – all of whom said nothing can be done. Just two days after Tommy-Rae was admitted to hospital, his mum gave birth to a baby girl, and Tommy met his little sister Esmeralda.
He returned home from Birmingham Children's Hospital on Monday and was met to applause and cheers by his local community. Incredible photos show inflatable Santas, snowmen, fairy lights and smoke cannons outside the family home in Carisbrooke Road.
Father Christmas, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Scooby Doo and Olaf from Frozen were also on hand to welcome him back. After finding out that Tommy-Rae spent his Christmas Day in hospital, residents and businesses donated Christmas lights, decorations and a tree.
Family friend Shona Waltzer said they are "not thinking" about how long he has left. Shona said: "Romanie wants to make anything possible for him with the last times she has with him. We just want to make it special. I feel emotional that she has given me the opportunity to do this, but I don't think I could ever do enough or give enough for Tommy. Nothing seems enough, I would do anything for him."
Residents are now pulling together to organise a week of fun for the courageous youngster. A huge Christmas party will also take place on Carisbrooke Road today (Wednesday, February 7).
There will be free ice cream for children, as well as a host of entertainment including a Christmas choir and motorbike club. A horse drive has been organised for animal-loving Tommy-Rae for this Saturday (10/2), where horses will pass the family's home for him to admire.
Shona added: "His only wish was to see some horses. Little Tommy absolutely loves horses so what I'm asking is for anyone with an horse and cart, barrel top, dray to make your way through his estate and past his home so he can see them."
Sarah Jack, Romanie's auntie, said they want to let Tommy-Rae know that everyone is there for him. She said: "As a family we think it's wonderful that Tommy has touched so many hearts, and everyone has been amazing helping out with the donations, lights, and Christmas tree to make his day special. He is funny, loving, caring, he loves animals. He means everything to me."
Tommy Rae's dad, Jack, said on his GoFundMe page: "I want to make awareness on brain tumours and the signs, I've had four beautiful years with my baby boy but that's just not long enough. I want to make a difference, I want more awareness. Tommy Rae's tumour is a high grade embryonal tumour that is rare and very aggressive. Please donate what ever you can." Donations can be made to the family through their GoFundMe page at: TommyRae