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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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Barrow boy who lost eye in bike drama ‘an inspiration’

A PLUCKY little Barrow lad who has remained his cheerful young self despite losing an eye after a cycling accident has been nominated for a Christmas Star award on behalf of his school community.

Six-year-old Sol Hunter fell from his bike in July while out playing just before the start of the summer holidays. His right eye was severely damaged by a brake lever and the freak accident resulted in the youngster losing the eye.

Sol, of Barrow, was airlifted to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool to have hours of surgery and spend a considerable amount of time in hospital.

Brave Sol returned to school at St Mary’s Catholic Primary, Ulverston, in September, with his same infectious enthusiasm. But he had to miss quite a bit of school with having hospital appointments.

He has since had two further operations and had a replacement eye fitted. Sol is now awaiting a fourth operation.

In October Sol had a fall from PE apparatus and broke an arm, which required an operation. But once again he bounced back. His school describes the happy lad as an “inspiration”.

Sol has been put forward to be an Evening Mail Christmas Star by school administrator, Alison Jones, after teaching assistant, Lucie Johnson, found out about the awards and remarked Sol deserves to be a Christmas Star for how bravely he has dealt with everything in 2013. Miss Jones said: “Thinking about what Sol has gone through these last months brings tears.

“Just before the summer holidays Sol had an accident on his bike which resulted in him losing his eye. Sol has had to undergo hours of surgery and spent many weeks, days and hours in hospital. This would be hard for anyone, but Sol is only six years old. Close one eye for a minute and you'll realise what a difference it makes to everything you do. On top of this, a few months later Sol broke his arm, resulting in more hours of surgery. If you are ever lucky enough to meet Sol you will be greeted with the happiest little boy, always smiling, always happy. A true inspiration to us all at St Mary's Catholic Primary School and a true inspiration to anyone who meets him. You honestly couldn't meet a happier little boy, taking everything in his stride and never once complaining. Sol deserves this because he has shown such courage at a young age and we are all so proud of the special young man he is.”

Sol’s Christmas Star nomination was announced in assembly and was met by cheers from all the pupils.

Sol’s dad, Alan Hunter, 42, said his lad has made him extremely proud.

Mr Hunter said: “Sol is so happy. He has never complained and he is not fazed at all.

“We are unbelievably proud of him.”

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