Birth of Theo


In 1960 Roald Dahl's son Theo is born and short story collection Kiss Kiss is published



In July 1960, Theo - Roald Dahl and Patricia Neal's third child and only son - is born.

Four months later, in December 1960, baby Theo is involved in an accident when his pram is hit by a taxi cab in New York City. He suffers serious injuries, developing a medial condition called hydrocephalus or "water on the brain."

In the months and years that follow, Roald becomes heavily involved in Theo’s after-care, helping to invent what became known as the Wade-Dahl-Till valve. This was a cerebral shunt used to drain excess fluid from the brain. By the time the valve was ready for use, Theo had recovered to the point where it was not necessary in his treatment, but the device went on to be used in many thousands of subsequent operations.

Also in 1960, Kiss Kiss, Roald's third collection of short stories is published.

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