A DEVOTED dad and part-time artist is framing a fundraising drive through a coronavirus-themed painting for the medics who saved his son's life.

Stuart Beaton has recreated an iconic picture of a couple — and Covid-19 doctors — embracing amid the chaos that the pandemic has wreaked around the world.

Now Port man Stuart, 45, is raffling his artwork in aid of the Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity in honour of the staff who rallied to keep his son Ewan alive after he suffered a bleed on the brain.

Stuart, who has already raised £500 from the charity raffle, said: "The staff at the hospital were outstanding.

"I can't sing their praises highly enough."

Ewan, 12, needed emergency surgery following the life-threatening brain bleed, which happened after he crashed into a car whilst riding a friend's bike on the Port's Auchenbothie Road.

The youngster also sustained a bruised lung in the accident nearly a year ago.

But thanks to the expertise and care of NHS doctors and surgeons he has made a full recovery.

Dad Stuart said: "Ewan took a shot of his pal's bike and skelped into the side of a car.

"I don't know if he was showing off with his hands off the handlebars or something."

Stuart, of Auchenbothie Road, added: "He had a bleed on the brain and a bruised lung, and was pretty beaten-up.

"Later they said the bleed was close to his brain stem.

"He was under hourly observation and they said that it was becoming too much of a gamble not to operate in case it got worse.

"He had an emergency operation and, luckily, he pulled through.

"Without the hospital and the staff there he would not be here today.

"I now just want to say thank you by raising money from the painting."

Stuart, a support worker, took up drawing as a hobby around five years ago, with his first work being an image of UFC fight legend Conor McGregor.

He said: "I sold it it but I'm not quite good enough to give up the day job.

"This painting is of two doctors in New York who treat Covid patients — a husband and wife with no time to see each other and they kiss with their face masks on.

"I think it sums up the effort and the sacrifices that are being made.

"I realise it might not be something someone would want to hang on their wall, so I'm offering the raffle winner a free portrait painting of themselves as well."

Stuart says his son's ordeal was a 'very scary time'.

He told the Tele: "I was up there for a week and it just really blurs into one big day because you're on auto-pilot.

"It's very rough when you're told your son has a bleed on his brain, and then you look at the state of him in high dependency.

"All I can say is that the hospital and the people there were superb and no words of thanks are enough for what they did.

"I've still got my boy, and that's all down to them."

*Details on how to buy tickets for the raffle, priced at £2 each, are available on the 'This Stuart Beaton Art' Facebook page.