'I feared my boy would be bullied'.
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you always want your child to be perfect and to be like everyone else."
They soon found out the star band would set them back about PS2,000, but luckily Newcastle East End FC was looking for a cause for its annual charity game.
Gary is a coach at the club and Rocco soon benefited from a whopping PS1,910 raised at the game.
Now, with nine-month-old Rocco set to shape up for a care-free childhood, his mum has vowed to return the favour from the club.
She said: "It was absolutely fantastic to see how many people got behind the cause.
A MUM has told how she feared her son's disfigurement would mean he was the victim of bullies.
Carla and Gary Lowthian's son, Rocco, developed flat head syndrome which they noticed when he was six weeks old, but after taking Rocco to the GP, Carla was told she would have to wait to see a specialist - by which time she feared the disfigurement could be permanent.
The condition can be caused by a baby's sleeping position while its skull is still soft, or while in the womb.
Luckily, the condition is treatable and the couple, of Walkerville, Newcastle, soon learned of the Steeper clinic, which provides 'star bands',' a device which is fitted to a child's head and encourages the skull to grow symmetrically, curing the condition.
Carla said: "I didn't want him to be known as Spongebob Squarehead, so it wasn't a case to leave it.
"I know it wasn't life threatening, but from a mother's point of view, "My husband and dad played in the match. Now, we're trying to create awareness for people with the same condition and we're hoping to do some fund-raising ourselves to pass on the favour.
"We're over the moon with the star band. Rocco wears it 23 hours a day and it is hard, but he's a really happy baby."
Charlie Scott, vice chairman of Newcastle East End FC, said: "It was fantastic to raise PS1,910 in one football match.
"We thought maybe we could get PS300 or PS400, but the response was unbelievable. We love to put something back into the community; we're a very, very community-focused club."
PICTURES: PAUL NORRIS | Left, Carla with Rocco. | Above, Vice Chairman of Newcastle East End Football Club, Charlie Scott, who have raised PS1910, for Rocco Lowthian, 9 months, also with them are mum Carla, dad Gary and brother Lucas, 5.