AN EPILEPTIC toddler who suffers fits up to 150 times has been thrown an essential lifeline by a children's charity.
Harry Whitfield's parents say a state-of-the-art therapeutic hot tub provided by When You Wish Upon a Star at a cost of £10,000 immediately relaxes their son's limbs from their stiffened state for several hours and enables him to play with his brothers and sisters.
His mum and dad, Denise, 33, and Paul Whitley 32, of Sycamore Avenue, believe the sessions in the pool are already helping the youngster sleep better and are delighted they have gained help from the charity whereas other organisations have refused financial help in the past - although residents have raised cash for them with the help of appeals in the Weekly News.
The couple said their son had appeared 'twitchy' from birth in April 2003 and tests showed seizures occurring in different parts of the brain.
Harry is blind and quadriplegic, cannot use his limbs and is one of just 13 patients worldwide to suffer from malignant migrating partial epilepsy of infancy.
Denise said his seizures vary from 20 on a good day up to 150 on the worst. They can happen once a minute - his limbs jerk, his hands and feet clench tightly and he screams and cries throughout.
Harry has to be fed through a stomach tube and needs suction to clear his airway to prevent choking.
Denise told the Weekly News: 'With regard to the seizures, things are much the same but Harry has had a couple of good days this week.
'The pool has made a difference - his muscles are stiff but when he gets in the pool he relaxes straight away.
'He uses it for relaxation and we do hydrotherapy exercises in there, and he is already sleeping better.
'The tub is the only place his brothers and twin sisters can play with him.'