THIS is the moment Mitchell Mason’s mum thought she would never see – her bright, energetic son enjoying the Easter holidays like any other child.
Just 10 months ago Mitchell was knocked down by a car outside his Sheffield home, and doctors told mum Leasa Ward he may never walk again.
But today, after 11 operations, Leasa is overjoyed to see her 10-year-old son out and about on his scooter.
“It is unbelievable – looking at him now you would never have thought he was ill,” said Leasa, as Mitchell tried to scoot down a flight of steps in the city centre.
“Watching him on his scooter is terrifying – but I want him to be able to make the mistakes and fall off like other children.
“When you have come so close to losing him, it is so nice just watching him have fun.”
Mitchell, who got back on his beloved scooter just three days ago, has come on leaps and bounds.
“It is his attitude, determination and bravery that has got him through,” said Leasa, 36, who lives with Mitchell and her two other sons Louis, 19, and Brandon, 13, on the Manor.
“Everyone who saw him in those early days when he was in a coma has been absolutely amazed at his progress.”
Mitchell was playing with water bombs with his pals on a sunny day last June when he was knocked over on the corner of Fretson Road and Harborough Avenue, next to a popular park.
He was rushed to Sheffield Children’s Hospital, where surgeons immediately removed part of his skull to remove pressure on his brain.
“They nearly lost him in the ambulance,” said Leasa, who has had to give up her job as a nursery housekeeper to look after her son.
“The paramedic came and saw Mitchell a few weeks later and said she couldn’t believe he was still alive.
“The surgeons put him in a coma and operated on his brain. They said he might never walk or communicate again.
“But he’s proved them wrong.”
Mitchell has had to learn to talk, eat and walk again, and still has a long way to go until he is fully recovered.
He still has trouble with his speech and for the past few weeks has been hit by epileptic fits brought on by his head injury.
But the little lad is back at Woodthorpe Primary two days a week and is making progress with the help of a home tutor.
“He has had to start all over again with his schoolwork, back at reception level,” said Leasa.
“But he is doing really well and everyone has been brilliant with him.”