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A motherís pride!

Thursday, 8 December 2016

A motherís pride! thumbnailTen-year-old Jack Watt with his mum Gemma looking forward to Christmas. GB49333 p1

TEN-year-old Jack Watt from Ballykeel is his mother's pride and joy!
At this time of year, when most children are thinking about what may be in Santa's sack or what time they can get out to play, young Jack has other things to consider.
The Ballykeel Primary School pupil acts as one the main carers for his mother, Gemma, who suffers from severe epilepsy.
Gemma's condition is so unpredictable that she takes 'tonic-clonic' seizures up to three or four times a month without warning.
One of the most frightening episodes happened recently in Ballymena town centre outside Superdrug.
Gemma said she had been shopping with Jack when she unexpectedly took a seizure and fell to the ground.
Jack had the knowledge to sit on the ground beside his mother with his legs crossed and rest her head on his knees until help arrived.
Gemma said she was told after the incident that a passer-by had made a comment saying "no child should have to put up with that" assuming Gemma was under the influence of drugs.
Speaking to the Guardian, she said: "That person assumed I was a bad parent who was intoxicated.
“They read the situation wrong before knowing the facts and I think that is something people need to be more aware of before jumping to conclusions.
“I was so upset that someone would think I would leave Jack in a situation like that on purpose."
When asked if he gets scared when his mum takes a seizure, Jack said he is used to it and knows what steps he must take.
“Since I was little my mum has taken seizures so I know what to do when it happens," Jack explained.
“I either phone my Granny or Auntie and if I can't get in touch with them, then I have a special phone that I use to contact an ambulance."
The inspirational young man told the Guardian he wants to be a writer when he grows up and believes the "possibilities are endless."
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.

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