This Christmas gift is cool
By DAVID MOASE
WHEN the hot days of summer arrive, Connor Maclean will be able to keep his cool thanks to a Christmas present come early.
Connor, aged seven, has a rare condition, VATER Syndrome, which affects many of his body parts and organs.
He has had 36 operations in his short life and it is these, along with constant doses of medication, that keep him alive.
If that is not enough to worry about, summer weather causes Connor more problems, including making his colostomy appliance, which is normally stuck to his body, to come loose.
Things will be much better this summer after Connor and his mother, Cheryl, received an air-conditioning system this week, courtesy of Joshua Cornell, manager of the Good Guys electrical store, and Graham Frisken, of GT Air Conditioning, who did the installation.
"On hot days we would have to move everything into the coolest room in the house and just stay there," Ms Maclean said.
"This will make such a difference to us, and life will be more comfortable for Connor.
"It's nice to see people in business like Joshua and Graham can be so generous."
For Mr Cornell, there was no decision to make after learning of Connor's plight.
"How could you say no to a great boy like him," he said.