Levi’s a little miracle

Levi Taylor with parents Wendy and Eddie.
Levi Taylor with parents Wendy and Eddie.

HE is described as a ‘little miracle’.

And now inspirational Levi Taylor has been honoured for the incredible courage he has shown throughout his short life.

The brave Amble boy has battled cancer, endured a string of operations and lived with debilitating conditions.

It’s been a hard journey for the plucky 10-year-old.

But this tough little cookie has fought everything that has been thrown at him in determined fashion – even tackling his ordeals with a smile on his face.

And it is this heart-warming tale which led to the youngster being presented with a prestigious Brave Heart Award last week – an accolade recognising children who display exceptional character in the face of serious illness, handicap or other adversities.

It is a moment that little Levi, from Links Avenue, and the rest of his family will treasure forever.

His proud mum Wendy, 50, said: “He is 10 years old and has gone through so much. He deserves to be recognised and the Brave Heart Award is fitting recognition.”

Levi was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, which is also known as water on the brain.

Just four weeks after birth, he had a shunt fitted to his brain.

His tough life story took another sorry twist when he was diagnosed with cancer in the eye. He was only 15 months old.

It led to him having his left eye removed and replaced with a false one.

He has also had to endure countless operations and is facing further surgery in the future.

But despite these battles, he has never let life grind him down.

Wendy said: “He is such a happy little boy and nothing ever seems to faze him. He is our little miracle.

“His family are so proud of him and proud of what he has achieved.

“He was ecstatic after he found out he would be receiving a Brave Heart Award and he is still so happy about it now. It is a lovely memory for him and the rest of the family to have.”

BBC news presenter Carol Malia presented Levi with his accolade during a ceremony at Newcastle United’s St James’ Park stadium on Tuesday, November 8.

On what was an unforgettable day for him, Levi travelled to the famous ground in style, riding in a stretched limo, before joining an army of more than 30 other courageous youngsters from around the region who were also receiving Brave Heart Awards.

Toon defender Mike Williamson also dropped by, spending time chatting and having his photograph taken with the children.

Levi, who also received an iPad at the ceremony, was nominated for the award by Linda Hankin and partner Rod Scott, who are close friends of the family.

Wendy said: “They nominated him because of what he has gone through in his short life and he has got more operations to come.

“I want to thank them for nominating Levi because without them it would never have happened. I also want to thank all our family and friends who have supported us and been there for us over the last 10 years.”

Little hero Levi, whose family includes dad Eddie, 52, and siblings, Ashley, 28, Davina, 25, Brooke, 15, Macauley, 11, and Rio, nine, was also short-listed for this year’s Pride of Northumberland Awards in the Child of Achievement category.

He attends Alnwick’s Barndale House School.

His class teacher Tracey Healy said: “We are very proud of Levi’s achievement. He is a great asset to our school. Levi always puts in 100 per cent effort to everything he does and is very thoughtful and helpful towards others.”