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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.

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