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Wee Oliver on the ball!

Thursday, 16 March 2017

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A SPIRITED Coleraine schoolboy, who was told he would never walk, has defied the odds by playing in his first football tournament.
Eight-year-old Oliver Dickey inspired a campaign which raised 110,000 for life-changing surgery in America after being refused an operation on the NHS.
Thanks to intensive physiotherapy, the Millburn Primary School pupil's condition has improved so much that he was able to take part in a frame football event at the English FA's national football centre at St George's Park in England.
Oliver's proud mum Charlene said: "We are so thrilled by Oliver's progress. Having been told he would never walk, it was amazing to be cheering Oliver on at a football tournament.
“Every wee boy wants to play football and TW Braga Frame Football Club is for children who can't take part in sport with their friends. It's an amazing facility for children with conditions like spina bifida and cerebral palsy."
Oliver was diagnosed with spastic diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy and travelled to America two years ago for specialist surgery.
*Read the full article in this week's Chronicle.

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