Little battler Paul Doherty arrived back in Donegal to a hero’s welcome last night.
Paul, 6, underwent groundbreaking surgery in America in a bid to help him walk for the very first time.
Paul and his family have spent the past month in St Louis having had two major operations.
But it was all worth it when Paul, who was born with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy which left him in a wheelchair, returned to Killygordon.
Neighbours and friends had decorated the local school and even made Paul a special ‘Welcome Home’ banner on the school gate.
Paul’s amazing mum Ann-Marie is determined her son will be given every chance to one day walk through the gates of his school.
Ann-MArie said “It was a great feeling to be driving into our own house this morning. Luke, Ava and Paul had a good sleep on the plane and did major exploring when they got home.
“Thanks to whoever put up the welcome sign on the school gate… He felt like a superstar
To everyone who did so much at the house with balloons, banners, made soup and sandwiches and had the house gleaming for us. You know who you all are…. Thank you.”
But above all people, Ann-Marie, who spearheaded a campaign to raise €60,000 to help Paul get an operation, knows the family still face an uphill battle.
“We have a long road ahead, a lot of physio, swimming and home exercises. YOU all have given Paul an enormous gift and we will do all we can to achieve his dream to walk. It will take time but we will get there. This operation has changed his life and future,” she said.