High Heaton boy Joseph came into the world nine weeks early, weighing just 1lb 12oz.
Since then he has battled cirrhosis of the liver and renal dysplasia, and had a liver transplant at the age of seven.
Despite spending much of his young life in and out of hospital, the keen tennis fan, from High Heaton, has stayed positive and played whenever he can.
And this year saw him represent his country in the World Transplant Games. Joseph with his mum Lynn
Tiny Tyler Short was given only a 5% chance of survival when he arrived at 24 weeks.
He was so small his nana would knit him Action Man clothes from a doll’s pattern.
Tyler, from Bedlington, Northumberland, has cerebral palsy and his parents, Ashleigh Thain and Jay Short, were told their son would never be able to walk or talk.
The pair hung on to hope, and five years on, Tyler is making huge steps as he walks in the house and talks so much his mum says she can’t shut him up.