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Crook boy defies the doctors to celebrate special birthday
FOR most children their tenth birthday is like any other but for one boy celebrating the big 1-0 today (Monday, September 2) it is a landmark occasion.
For when Ryan Gibson was born on September 2, 2003, medics warned his family that he may not survive beyond the age of five.
The youngster has severe brain damage and suffers cerebral palsy, is epileptic and cannot eat, talk or walk.
Mother Donna Gibson, of Crook, County Durham, said: “We were told to treat him as though he was on a rocky path and could fall off at any time, they were the actual words used.
“They said that he would be lucky if he sees five.
“That is why Ryan reaching ten years old is such a big deal for us all, it doubles what the doctors predicted, and a time to be grateful.”
Yesterday (Sunday, September 1) his friends and family held a celebratory thanksgiving service at St Catherine’s Church, in Crook, and a party at the town’s football club.
The guests created an usual scene in the church by dressing up as fairytale, television and film characters.
Mrs Gibson was Penelope Pitstop and Ryan was fellow Wacky Races star Mutley the dog. Among those joining them in the pews were Superman and Superwoman, Beauty and the Beast, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Sulley and Mike from Monsters Inc, Tigger and some of the 101 Dalmatians- including one on piano.
Mrs Gibson’s close friends Lucy Whitfield, Helen Robinson and Jessica Scott- as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, Dory from Finding Nemo and Toy Story 2’s Jessie- took part in a blessing.
Rebecca Lee, as Snow White, read a poem at the service after which a dove was released.
Mrs Gibson said: “Family and friends are a massive support.”
Instead of buying gifts partygoers were asked to make a donation to Evergreen Primary School, in Bishop Auckland, a special school for two to 11-year-olds with a range of difficulties and disabilities.
Friends in fancy dress at yesterday's church service
Mrs Gibson said: “The money will go to Ryan’s school so that it can hopefully get a swing for outside and garden furniture for children like him in wheelchairs.”
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