Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 12 July 2014

Illusionist moved as messages of support flood in for ill baby

David Meade and his son George
David Meade and his son George

Entertainer David Meade has thanked the public for the huge outpouring of support as his seriously ill baby son is being treated in hospital.

Three-month-old George was rushed to Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital on Wednesday after falling ill. But yesterday Meade said his son had now stabilised and he and his wife Elaine are "hugely grateful" to hospital staff.

Illusionist Meade was forced to cancel a gig at the Marketplace Theatre in Armagh on Wednesday night after little George suffered health problems.

The exact nature of his condition had not been made public but he is still undergoing treatment at the intensive care unit.

In a statement posted on the mentalist's Facebook site, he said he wanted to thank both medical staff and fans.

"George had stabilised considerably over the last few months, so as a family we took the decision to reschedule the tour," he said.

"Unfortunately, while preparing for the performance in Armagh I was called with the news that every parent fears."

The affable entertainer added: "Wanted to take this opportunity to say thanks for the hundreds and hundreds of messages of support. Elaine and I feel very lucky to have so many good wishes.

"We are hugely grateful to everyone who is taking such good care of George in ICU at the moment.

"We'd like to thank the cardiologists, neurologists, ENT team, paediatricians and nursing staff who continue to do extraordinary work."

Meade said both Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry and the RVH provide the couple with "an incredible amount of clinical and personal support".

George was born in Daisy Hill in January two weeks after his due date, weighing in at 6lb 10oz.

Shortly afterwards, proud dad David was forced to postpone his tour citing "overwhelming unforeseen personal circumstances".

Meade had launched his 2013 tour with eye-popping stunts, including levitating around 30ft above the ground at Belfast's Victoria Square last November.

The tour had virtually sold out, but fans were more concerned about the health of baby George than missing out on performances.

Since the news broke of his son's illness, Meade's Facebook site has been overwhelmed by messages of support.

Worried friends and fans took to Twitter and Facebook where they posted hundreds of messages wishing the family well.

Lynda Turnbull Courtney posted: "Hoping George makes a speedy recovery".

Sean McDonald said: "Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family."

And Ian Clyde said: "Thinking of you and the family, David, I hope George makes a speedy recovery."

Ian Wilson said: "Hope your wee boy is ok and gets better soon."

David Meade has quickly become one of the most recognisable faces in Northern Ireland.

Profile

With two popular BBC TV shows under his belt – The David Meade Project and David Meade: Make Believe – the Newry mentalist has become a household name.

His jaw-dropping show mixes comedy with illusion as he reveals secret thoughts, tells everyone your PIN number and detects the lousy liars among us. Meade is also a lecturer in international business studies.

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