Perfect Christmas: a tree, a real fire and Zayne is home with his family

Wheeler family all home for Christmas. From the left, Tobias, six, Matthew, Zayne, one, Tamsyn and Danyal, eight.
Wheeler family all home for Christmas. From the left, Tobias, six, Matthew, Zayne, one, Tamsyn and Danyal, eight.
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A FAMILY’S Christmas wish has come true, with their toddler son joining them round the Christmas tree.

Zayne Wheeler has been discharged from hospital for the first time since April.

Last year Zayne, now 16 months old, almost died eight times in his first yer.

But for now the surgery is over and he is back at his Clifton home.

For brothers Tobias, six, and Danyal, eight, it was their only wish.

They told mum Tamsyn and Matthew it was all they wanted for Christmas – along with some chocolate.

Tamsyn said: “It’s good there’s no more heart surgery for now.

“There will be more in the future but we’re talking years down the line.”

She said: “Christmas will be just us, in our pyjamas, in front of a real fire with the kids.”

Matthew said: “To have him here now will be nothing compared to Christmas Day when we wake up and see his face and beautiful smile.”

Zayne had a massive stroke, and despite suffering from cerebral palsy he has gradually started using his right side.

He also suffers from epilepsy and is fed through a tube. His tracheotomy has to be regularly cleared by his parents.

Matthew said: “You’re more of a nurse than a parent. I don’t know how we’re going to cope, but we will.”

The parents were full of praise for their other two sons.

“The boys have sacrificed so much,” said Tamsyn.

“It’s because of them that we have kept so strong.”

It is hoped that carers who started going into the family home this week will bring a little more normality into their lives.

Since the Courier first revealed the family’s plight, people have come forward with donations.

One anonymous donor contributed a baby monitor they needed and regulars at Wetherspoon’s in Brighouse have raised £500.