Festive joy for ill Rowley Regis tot

Halesowen News: Lit up: Melodie and Mason Williams in their Christmas wonderland (To buy:501330L) Lit up: Melodie and Mason Williams in their Christmas wonderland (To buy:501330L)

SERIOUSLY ill toddler Mason Williams’ world lit up when the garden of his Rowley Regis home was transformed into a Christmas wonderland.

The three-year-old, who suffers from a rare genetic condition, was thrilled by the sparkle and all the fuss as around 50 family and well wishers gathered for the ceremonial switch-on.

Mum Melodie was “overwhelmed” by the generosity of friends and strangers who had responded to her appeal for fairy lights and festive decorations to make her son's Christmas extra-special.

She said: “Black Country people are genuinely kind people. It’s hard to put into words how I feel - I’m just overwhelmed and so grateful.

“Thank you doesn’t seem enough to say. People have taken from their displays to give to Mason, who they don’t even know.”

All those who contributed – including some who gave cash to buy lights – were invited to Friday’s switch-on at the Mason’s home in Mountford Close.

Mrs Williams, aged 41 and 34-year-old husband Paul – who was tasked with putting up all the lights – do not know what the future holds for their youngest child.

He was born with micro deletion, which means a band of his chromosomes is missing, resulting in a number of disabilities. He cannot talk or eat solids, and has limited vision, but loves light and sound.

Mason also has hypoplastic left heart syndrome – commonly known as having half a heart - for which he has undergone two procedures, but cannot have the final stage unless his high lung pressures come down.

The couple, who also have Adam, aged 16, Sadie, aged 11, Harmonie, aged six, and Dominic, aged four, wanted to make their Christmas with Mason one to remember.

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