Klopp in ‘get well’ mes­sage to Noah

Southport Visiter - - Visiter Active - BY KERRI FITZ­PATRICK Kerri.Fitz­patrick@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @Visiter

AN EVER­TON FC su­per­fan from South­port has re­ceived a spe­cial get well mes­sage from Liver­pool FC man­ager Jur­gen Klopp.

Noah Cun­ning­ham, 13, had a 10-hour op­er­a­tion on his spine last week and is ex­pected to be in in­ten­sive care for sev­eral weeks.

The Me­ols Cop High pupil suf­fers from Duchenne mus­cu­lar dys­tro­phy, a se­vere mus­cle wast­ing con­di­tions that gets worse with age. The op­er­a­tion was to fuse his spine to­gether.

Mes­sages from well-wish­ers poured in for Noah be­fore the op­er­a­tion, with the lat­est be­ing a video from Liver­pool man­ager Jur­gen Klopp.

Noah’s aunt, Ali­son Rus­ton, bumped into Klopp by chance at a Formby petrol sta­tion last week and took the op­por­tu­nity to get him to send the video mes­sage.

In the video Klopp says: “Hi Noah, we’re here in Formby at the petrol sta­tion, and your aun­tie told me in this mo­ment that you’re not in the best shape, but that will change soon, I’m sure.

“I’ve heard you are a huge Ever­to­nian, so hope­fully you en­joy this lit­tle video any­way, so all the best and see you at the lat­est Derby.”

Then Ali­son in­ter­rupts say­ing: “When we win,” to which Klopp laughs and smiles – “Yeah, of course not.”

In the first 24 hours the video was liked and retweeted thou­sands of times.

Ali­son said: “I was just fill­ing up in Formby and Klopp was at the next pump, I asked him for a selfie and he sug­gested he did a video in­stead, he was such a lovely man.

“We showed Noah the video when he came round from his op­er­a­tion and he can’t speak, but he was smil­ing his head off and did lots of thumbs-ups.

“We’ve had lots of mes­sages through on the back of the video and Noah’s mum, Vicky, is read­ing ev­ery one out to him and it’s lift­ing his spir­its.

“Noah re­ally needs his own say­ing: hy­drothe­r­a­phy pool, be­cause it will help his re­cov­ery im­mensely, so we’re fundrais­ing for that at the minute – ev­ery lit­tle helps.”

Noah has amassed a big fol­low­ing over the years.

He cap­tured the hearts of the na­tion last year af­ter a so­cial me­dia cam­paign for Ever­ton fans to wish him a happy birth­day went vi­ral.

Dur­ing a warm-up be­fore the Blues took on Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge FC, the birth­day boy was brought onto the pitch and pre­sented with a birth­day card by Ever­ton great Dun­can Fer­gu­son.

Then, in the 12th minute of the game, both sets of fans joined in to sing happy birth­day.

You can fol­low Noah’s story on his go fund me page, Team Noah.

Jur­gen Klopp sends a video mes­sage to Noah with his aunt, Ali­son Rus­ton

Ever­ton fan Noah Cun­ning­ham on his birth­day in 2016

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