The new school year brings nerves and excitement for many parents and children alike but for one young boy it is something rather remarkable.
Ben Davey, 11, from Tingley who had a heart transplant just seven years ago, started at the Rodillian Academy yesterday.
Ben’s mum Samantha Robson, who was there to see him off at the gates for his first day, said: “It’s the last time I’ll do the school run as he will be walking to school with his friends now.”
But while she said she feltapprehensive about her son growing up she never thought he would be here to see the day.
“If it wasn’t for his donor family he wouldn’t be here and he wouldn’t have had the chance to go to school,” she said.
She said that she is never as nervous about her other children Jason, 13, Lauren, 10, and Jessica, four, because with Ben it is different.
Miss Robson said: “It’s daunting for me but Ben’s transplant hasn’t stopped him doing anything. He’s got more energy than me!”
Ben was born with Wolff Parkinson syndrome, a condition which causes irregular and fast heartbeats, which led him to suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy, leaving him with an enlarged heart.
Doctors didn’t expect himto live, but thanks to advances in technology, he was put on the heart transplant list and in September 2006, aged just four, he went through a seven-hour pioneering operation to give him a new heart and save his life.
Although the future is bright for young Ben, who is a keen gardener, he has to have regular check-ups and take medication twice a day.Miss Robson added: “It’s important people sign up to the organ register.” Go to www.organdonation.nhs.uk.