A HUDDERSFIELD teenager recovering from open heart surgery had his games console stolen from his hospital bedside.
The thief struck while 14-year-old Anthony Stor was on another ward to meet pop band McFly when they visited Leeds General Infirmary.
Now his mother, Angela, has hit out at the "callous" thief - while thanking hospital staff for their care and skill.
The thief took Anthony's PlayStation and 10 video games from a sideroom on the children's cardiology ward at the hospital.
Angela said Anthony had been discharged, but decided to stay to see the band, who were visiting the hospital before switching on Leeds Christmas lights.
Anthony was delighted when one of the band members commented on his Huddersfield Town shirt.
But his joy turned to dismay when he returned to his room to find his games system missing.
"I cannot believe someone would go on to a ward for sick children and do that," said Angela.
"The staff were just as shocked as us.
"The attention and treatment Anthony received has been superb. We will be forever grateful for what they have done for Anthony.
"But we cannot believe how callous some people can be."
Anthony underwent open heart surgery to widen narrowed valves and arteries on November 1.
He is now back at home at Westcroft, Honley.
Angela said that Anthony, a pupil at Honley High School, was born with the heart condition, which prevents him from taking part in strenuous sports.
Last year, doctors led by senior consultant cardiologist Ken Waterson decided that Anthony would have to undergo surgery.
But an operation in June this year had to be halted because he was bleeding excessively.
Anthony had tests at St James's Hospital in Leeds and treatment from Dr Mike Richards and his team to tackle a blood disorder before being readmitted to LGI for surgery this month.
Angela said: "Anthony loves sport, but he was advised to stop playing football and taking PE at school.
"He is still far from well and will have to rest at home, taking only short, regular walks for some time yet."
She said the theft of the PlayStation and games had angered her and saddened Anthony, but added: "The important thing is that Anthony is with us."