It was a phone that scared every parent.
Michael O’Reilly was at home in Middleton when his ex-partner told him that his son Hugo was seriously ill at a Spanish hospital.
Hugo, then four, began touring with his family in Torreja, southeastern Spain, in July last year.
He was taken to a local medical center, but after undergoing tests, he was transferred to a pediatric unit at a hospital in Alicante.
But, according to his family, something catastrophic went wrong during the trip.
Hugo meant hateful and airy, but his family said there was a problem with the luggage and his brain was hungry for oxygen.
He went into cardiac arrest and it took Medix 20 minutes to revive him.
In the process, he suffered extensive brain damage.
Hugo’s father, Michael Orleel, said: “He was a fit and healthy four-year-old. He had never had one before.
“It just came out of the blue.
“When I went to Spain on a plane, I didn’t know he would be alive when I landed.”
Michael, 34, says his son spent the next 10 days in intensive care on “permanent visits.”
And then there was a problem with the doctors.
He told Hugo’s parents that even if he came around, they would have “no standard of living” and suggested shutting down life support machines.
But he refused and insisted that Hugo be taken back to Britain.
He was flown home on a private jet and taken straight to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, where he spent the next eight months in intensive care and rehabilitation.
And its recovery has been remarkable.
Hugo will probably need to use a wheelchair all his life and will always need help and support in his daily activities.
But, 12 months later, Hugo, now five years old, is learning to speak and is about to start school in September.
“It’s really a miracle,” said Michael, an independent TV proprietor.
“It simply came to our notice then.
“We thought we had brought him to the house of death.
“It’s been very sad, but compared to what Hugo is up to, what he told us in Spain is unbelievable,” he said.
“It’s amazing he’s passing. I can’t be more proud.”
Last week, Michael’s best partner, Leon Wint, took on the difficult challenge of tackling the Iron Man in Bolton, which included completing a marathon, 112-mile bike ride and five-mile swimming, to raise money for expert equipment Hugo will need help to get around the house. .
And now Michael, Joe Hugo and his sister Penelope, who is in the joint custody of seven with his mother, says he can finally start looking forward to the future with his family.
He said: “Hugo still has his personality, although he cannot physically do what he was able to do.
“He’s still Hugo, my son. He’s still a funny little boy he’s always been.”
“We are lucky in some ways. Many families are much worse off than we are.
“At the time I was with him for a minute and just to do anything – now we are planning for the future.”
Click Here Donate to Hugo’s Fundraising Page