Neighborhood celebrates Halloween early for 4-year-old boy set to undergo surgery

Sonny has been diagnosed with craniosynostosis, a birth defect which causes one or more of the fibrous joints between the bones of the skull to close prematurely.


                            Neighborhood celebrates Halloween early for 4-year-old boy set to undergo surgery

In a warm gesture, the residents of the Goshen Meadows neighborhood in Edwardsville, Illinois celebrated an early Halloween for a four-year-old boy, who is scheduled for surgery on Friday, so that he would not miss on the festivities.

Reports state that the young boy, Sonny Mead, loves Halloween and he was disappointed that he would miss the holiday because of his surgery.

Sonny's grandmother, Josie Mead, while talking to Fox2 Now, said: "When we found out that they were doing this, we just thought it was absolutely amazing for people to care about somebody we care so much about." The child was diagnosed with craniosynostosis in February 2015. Craniosynostosis is a birth defect which causes one or more of the fibrous joints between the bones of the skull to close prematurely before the brain has fully formed. 

Reports state that the even though Sonny's family does not live in the particular neighborhood, when the residents got to know that the boy will miss out on the festival because of his surgery, they all collectively decided to celebrate the occasion a week earlier.



 

A friend of the Mead family, Amanda Richert, said: "He wasn't going to be able to trick-or-treat, and I just, as a mom, could not let that happen." She said after learning this news, she got to rallying her friends and neighbors and she said that the "response was overwhelming." More than 20 homes agreed to receive trick-or-treaters a week early.

The four-year-old's mother, Jackie Mead, said a month after Sonny was diagnosed with the condition, that he had an endoscopic surgery to allow his brain more room to grow. Going by the procedure, the bones which were removed were supposed to rebuild but it never happened in Sonny's case.

Sonny will now undergo a cranioplasty, where surgeons will use bone from a cadaver and a 3D printer to rebuild his skill. The surgery is scheduled on October 26, Friday and the 4-year-old will be in hospital for a week. 



 

Sonny's father, Sam Mead, told the news outlet: "We want him to be able to play sports and stuff, and not have to worry as much of him getting hit on the head."

Reports state that if the surgery goes well, the four-year-old will be able to live a normal life.

"We let him pick his costume, and up until today he was going to be Spiderman, and then he decided that he wanted to be Superman because he wants superpowers," Sonny's mother said, adding, "He thinks today is Halloween."