A 4-year-old boy was given the chance to celebrate his favorite holidayearly this year after a neighborhood in Illinois heard that he would miss thechance to trick or treat because of a vital surgery. Sonny Mead, who donned aSuperman costume for the special day, hit more than 20 houses along his specialtrick-or-treat route and was even treated to a ride in a fire truck.
"He thinks today is Halloween," Jackie Mead, the boy's mom, told Fox 2 Nowon Wednesday. "We let him pick his costume, and up until today he was going tobe Spider-Man, and then he decided that he wanted to be Superman because hewants superpowers.
Sonny was diagnosed with craniosynostosis, which causes the skull bones tofuse prematurely, impacting brain growth. Sonny had pieces of his skull removedto give his brain more room to grow in 2015, and the bone was supposed to growback but never did, his mom told the news outlet.
So on Friday, doctors will use a 3-D printer and bone from a cadaver torebuild Sunny's skull. His recovery is expected to take between two and sixmonths, meaning he'll be sidelined when Oct. 31 comes.
But once Amanda Richert heard that her friend's son would miss out on thetrick-or-treating fun, Goshen Meadows residents, in Edwardsville, Ill., bandedtogether to make sure he had his turn.
"He wasn't going to be able to trick-or-treat, and I just, as a mom, couldnot let that happen," she told the news outlet.
她告訴新聞媒體:"他沒法玩"不給糖就搗蛋"的游戲,而作為一個母親,我不能讓這種事情發生."Richert said the response was overwhelming.