The young schoolboy, Matthew Burgess, fell into a deep sleep for two weeks, then woke up having lost all ability to walk and talk.
Mirror UK reports that doctors suspected five-year-old Matthew Burgess was suffering from a mystery brain bug as his frantic parents waited by his hospital bedside.
Mum Michelle Scott, 30, said: “For two weeks he slept and, when he did stir, he appeared to be in pain. It was horrible.
“We didn’t know if he was going to wake up, we didn’t know what was wrong with him.”
Matthew was just like any other reception age pupil up until February 4 this year when he woke up with a high temperature and feeling sick, reports the Newcastle Chronicle.
Matthew Burgess and his family
Mum Michelle and dad Martin Burgess, 30, decided a day on the settee was in order for the Grace Darling Campus pupil.
But Matthew fell asleep and the couple struggled to wake him.
By 10pm the Newbiggin by the Sea family were becoming increasingly worried and an ambulance was called to take Matthew to Cramlington hospital.
At first medics began treating the youngster for meningitis but as he continued to keep slipping into sleep, they decided he should be referred to child specialists at Newcastle’s Great North Children’s Hospital.
Tests would reveal there was no meningitis but Matthew was suffering from some swelling on the brain.
“They told us it could be some kind of brain disorder,” said Michelle, also mum to Emma, two. “But all the time he was still sleeping.”
After two weeks, Matthew began to become more alert but, to the shock of his family, he had lost the ability to walk, talk, or even sit up by himself.
Michelle said: “It was awful. At first we didn’t know if he would wake up then he had to learn to walk and talk all over again. It’s been the worst time of my life.”
Brain specialists are continuing to carry out tests on Matthew, believing he could be possibly suffering from mitochondrial disease, a group of disorders caused by dysfunctional mitochondria.
The family are now waiting for more information from doctors about what the next step is for Matthew.
Meanwhile pupils at Matthew’s school, Grace Darling Campus, part of Northumberland Church of England Academy, are taking part in a Mile for Matthew this Thursday in order to help their friend.
All money raised from the charity run will go towards the Brain Research Trust and the Children’s Ward at the Great North Children’s Hospital.