Life's been no beach for brave little Jack
SURROUNDED by our incredible coastline many of us take a trip to the beach for granted.
But imagine never being able to take your beloved 6-year-old son for a visit to the seaside.
That's the heartbreaking situation Upper Killay mum Lisa Harris finds herself in.
Her son Jack, 6, has been subjected to a barrage of health problems ever since he was born 14-and-a-half weeks premature.
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"He was born so early he was on a ventilator for 10 weeks," Lisa, 37, said.
"When we brought him home he just wouldn't breathe properly. We spent nearly a year in and out of the Heath Hospital in Cardiff and when he was eight months old he had a tracheotomy and earlier this year he had to go in for another operation to have a bigger one fitted.
"It was traumatic, when we did bring him back home he caught an infection which meant he needed another operation — he has had five in total.
"Because of this he can't go to the beach as the sand could suffocate him. He has never been in water either, his tube needs to be clear at all times.
"It is tough but I cannot wait for the day when we do take him to the beach, and I believe it will happen eventually."
With such a difficult start for Jack, Lisa and her four other children are determined to make this Christmas as special as possible for him.
She has nominated him for the Post's annual Christmas Cheer Party which this year will be held at the Mercure Hotel in Phoenix Way.
"He is such a happy little boy, he can sing and dance, we can't wait for Christmas now," Lisa said.
"Last Christmas was his first at home really.
"We want to see as many Santas as we can, we went as far as Bridgend and Cardiff to see different ones last year.
"He doesn't quite get the writing the list to Santa yet though.
"It has been traumatic and tough for everyone in the family really — my ex partner has to be on stand by for the hospital for example.
"But he is such a happy little boy and we can't wait for Christmas."
The Post's annual cheer party bring together well-deserving children who have had a tough year and invites them to kick-off their Christmas celebrations in style.