Nick Knowles pays tribute to severely disabled boy who appeared on DIY SOS as ...

Nick Knowles has paid tribute to a severely disabled teenager, who appeared on DIY SOS, after he passed away.

In April 2019, a moving episode of the renovation show told the story of widower Darren Hudson and his sons Ollie, Mike and Harvey from Hull. Ollie was born with Hydrocephalus, known as water on the brain, and has tragically passed away.

Sharing a beautiful picture of Darren and Ollie, who was 17 when the show first aired, Nick, 57, wrote: 'We @DIYSOS send condolences to Darren & family on the sad passing of wonderful Ollie who is missed & was so loved'. 

Darren's tragic story broke viewers' hearts, as he told of life caring for Ollie, who needed 24-care due to his Hydrocephalus, before also losing his childhood sweetheart wife and becoming paralysed himself over the space of two years.

Nick shared the tribute on Twitter on Thursday night, after the episode aired as a repeat. His message was met with an outpouring of support from fans.  

Heartache: Nick Knowles has paid tribute to a severely disabled teenager, who appeared on DIY SOS, after he passed away earlier this week

Heartache: Nick Knowles has paid tribute to a severely disabled teenager, who appeared on DIY SOS, after he passed away earlier this week

Hydrocephalus is a build-up of fluid in the brain, which can damage tissue. Aside from an abnormally-sized head, other symptoms can include headache, nausea, vomiting, confusion and vision problems.

The cause is usually unknown but may be due to issues with cavities in the brain or an underlying health problem that affects blood flow, such as heart disease. 

Tragedy struck the family in 2017 when Darren, a roofer who had worked on DIY SOS community projects before, was diagnosed with Caude Equina, an injury of the spinal cord that left him paralysed from the waist down.

In further devastation, Ollie's mum and Darren's childhood sweetheart Sarah, passed away on Boxing Day 2017 and was found dead in her bed by her other two sons.

In a video shared on Andys Man Club Hull Facebook page, he said of his wife's death: 'Unfortunately it was the Boxing Day of 2017 when I lost my wife to suicide, which was a total bombshell on the full family. Not just family, family friends, associates, people who we knew and it just spun our world upside down.'

His father died the following April and his mum six weeks later.  

His boy: Last year, a moving episode of the home renovation show told the story of widower Darren and his sons Ollie, Mike and Harvey from Hull. Ollie was born with Hydrocephalus, known as water on the brain, and has tragically passed away

His boy: Last year, a moving episode of the home renovation show told the story of widower Darren and his sons Ollie, Mike and Harvey from Hull. Ollie was born with Hydrocephalus, known as water on the brain, and has tragically passed away

Holding on: Ollie is survived by his dad Darren and brothers Mike and Harvey (pictured)

Holding on: Ollie is survived by his dad Darren and brothers Mike and Harvey (pictured)

Outpouring: Viewers took to Twitter to honour the late teen

Outpouring: Viewers took to Twitter to honour the late teen

WHAT IS HYDROCEPHALUS?

Hydrocephalus is a build-up of fluid in the brain, which can damage tissue.

Aside from an abnormally-sized head, other symptoms can include headache, nausea, vomiting, confusion and vision problems.

Hydrocephalus' cause is usually unknown but may be due to issues with cavities in the brain or an underlying health problem that affects blood flow, such as heart disease.

It can also be acquired by damage to the brain due to a head injury, stroke or tumour.

Treatment is shunt surgery, which involves implanting a thin tube into the brain to drain away

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