Liverpool star Adam Lallana made the dreams of brave Donegal girl Mikaela Breen come true.
Mikaela has undergone life-changing surgery and got a visit from her hero Lallana at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
Eight-year-old Mikaela, from Convoy, was diagnosed with spina bifida lipomyelomeningocele and needed specialist surgery on her tethered spinal cord in Liverpool last month.
Mikaela is due to return home to Donegal this weekend after getting a special visitor.
“She has been a huge Adam Lallana fan since he signed when she was four,” her mum, Sinead, said.
“He has made her year. She is just over the moon We have to travel over every three months to Alder Hey and he is taking the six of us as his guests the next time we are over.”
Lallana gave Mikaela a card with a special message hand-written inside.
“So many people have told me what a brave and special young person you are,” it read.
“Everyone who knows you is so proud of you x Hope you know you have friends in Liverpool who will be thinking of you x”
Bubbly Mikaela told the England player that he should cut his hair!
Sinead said: “Adam said his wife wants him to cut it, but he’ll cut it for Mikaela.”
Mikaela, who attends Scoil Bhride in Convoy, will require follow-up surgery in Boston after a spell at home.
Sinead said: “She never complains. She always says to me: ‘I can be brave if you can be brave, Mammy’.”