Ol­lie in sur­prise re­union with royal

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

ATERMINALLY ill boy got a spe­cial sur­prise in hos­pi­tal when he was re­united with Prince Harry.

Ol­lie Car­roll, six, from Poyn­ton, met the charis­matic royal when he won the in­spi­ra­tional child cat­e­gory at the 2016 Wel­lChild Awards last Oc­to­ber.

A mov­ing pho­to­graph of se­verely disabled Ol­lie us­ing all his strength to stand up and give the Prince a hug made head­lines around the world.

And last week the pair were re­united when Prince Harry paid a sur­prise visit to see Ol­lie and his sis­ter Amelia, three, while they were be­ing treated at Great Or­mond Street Hos­pi­tal in Lon­don.

The prince spent an hour with the fam­ily, in­clud­ing mum Lucy and dad Mike, talk­ing to them about their jour­ney and play­ing with the chil­dren.

Ol­lie and Amelia have a rare ge­netic con­di­tion called Late In­fan­tile Bat­tens Dis­ease, which means as they get older they will lose their speech, mo­bil­ity and eye­sight and are un­likely to live past the age of 12.

They were granted ac­cess to tri­als of a new drug which it is hoped will slow the dis­ease. It is ad­min­is­tered through a port di­rectly in the brain in a four hour in­fu­sion.

Lucy said the first meet­ing be­tween Ol­lie and Harry was ‘truly mag­i­cal’ and cre­ated a spe­cial bond be­tween them.

She said: “For an hour Prince Harry sat with us talk­ing and play­ing with our chil­dren, laugh­ing and mak­ing mem­o­ries.

“The very thing our chil­dren want the most in life, to be happy and hav­ing fun.

“We feel so much pride know­ing that Ol­lie and Amelia are touch­ing the life’s of the peo­ple they meet, with their love and their strength. The love, the sup­port and the laugh­ter within that treat­ment room on Tues­day will stay with us for­ever.

“From the bot­tom of our hearts we thank Prince Harry for his sup­port, his time and his kind­ness to­wards our fam­ily and our jour­ney with Bat­ten Dis­ease.

“It was truly in­cred­i­ble to watch him with our chil­dren and to have the op­por­tu­nity to talk with him about our jour­ney with Bat­tens.”

It is an­other boost for Ol­lie who re­cently met his mu­sic idol Ed Sheeran be­fore his con­cert in Manch­ester.

The pop­star then took to the stage wear­ing a red band pro­mot­ing Ol­lie’s Army, a cam­paign which aims to spread aware­ness of the rare dis­ease and raises funds to buy spe­cial­ist equip­ment and fund fu­ture re­search.

Visit www.ol­liesarmy. co.uk

Prince Harry cra­dles Ol­lie Car­roll dur­ing his sur­prise meet­ing in hos­pi­tal and hav­ing fun with sis­ter Amelia, who also has Bat­tens Dis­ease

Ol­lie with Prince Harry at the Wel­lChild Awards

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