A boy from Northampton, who had open heart surgery when he was only a few weeks old, started primary school this week.
Matthew Molloy, of Grange Park, hit national headlines in 2008 after the Chron reported he had become one of the youngest cardiac patients at John Radcliffe Hospital, in Oxford, and had been only “half an hour from death”.
A surgeon at the internationally-renowned hospital also said Matthew was one of his most difficult operations.
His frail condition resulted in several health problems, but he has battled through them and started at East Hunsbury Primary School this week.
Tim Molloy, Matthew’s father, said: “We’re nervous about Matthew starting school, but we’re excited as well. It’s a big step for him.
“He’s already been to three transfer days, which he really enjoyed.
“We’ve all been preparing for him to start school and have got him a lunch box.
“The school has also given Matthew a booklet with pictures of the schools to help prepare him.
He’s looking forward to going.”
Matthew’s family has been enjoying the summer holidays in the run up to the new term, with a family trip to Devon and a trip to Legoland last week.
Starting school is not the only milestone Matthew passed this week, as on Tuesday he celebrated his fifth birthday.