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in pain,” he said. “But in the last two years, I pulled that around and knuck­led down.”

Ex­tra mo­ti­va­tion came last year af­ter do­ing a 50-mile bike ride for char­ity.

“I’ve always felt like peo­ple look down on me and that I’m not ca­pa­ble,” he said. “But do­ing the bike ride proved that even if you have a con­di­tion — even if it drains you of en­ergy or you’re in pain — you can do any­thing.

“I do­nated the money to Ward L42 at Leeds Chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal, where I spent a lot of time. They were of­ten low on re­sources.”

Oliver credits his mother, Tracy, and three sib­lings, Char­lotte, Ash­leigh and Daniel, for help­ing him suc­ceed. The fam­ily, who be­long to the United He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion in Leeds, have always en­cour­aged him to live for the mo­ment.

“You never know what will hap­pen, but it’s best not to worry,” he said. “If I don’t have much pain to­day, I’ll take ad­van­tage of it. If I’m in pain to­mor­row, I’ll get through it.”

Mrs Sapier said: “I am just blown away by him. He is amaz­ing. I’ve always said that no mat­ter what , I’ll be proud. But he has to­tally ex­celled him­self -— I am ab­so­lutely over the moon.”

Star turn: Oliver Sapier fought against the odds from an early age

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