STAR SUPERKIDS: Mitchell had to relearn the most basic skills

Mitchell Mason, aged nine, who remains in a serious condition at the Sheffield Children's Hospital after being knocked down on Harborough Avenue, Manor.  Pictured with mum Leasa Ward.
Mitchell Mason, aged nine, who remains in a serious condition at the Sheffield Children's Hospital after being knocked down on Harborough Avenue, Manor. Pictured with mum Leasa Ward.
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MITCHELL Mason has been nominated for a bravery award at The Star’s Superkids 2012.

The youngster from the Manor has endured 11 operations, had part of his skull removed and a metal plate fitted in his head - but he has battled through it all to confound his doctors with his progress.

Surgeons thought the 10-year-old Woodthorpe Primary pupil may never walk again.

“He has been so brave, so determined,” said mum Leasa Ward, 36.

“He was in hospital for three months and became quite a celebrity there - everyone got to know him.

“And they were all so amazed by how far he came in such a short time.”

Mitchell has had to learn even the most basic skills again, after he suffered devastating brain injuries when he was hit by a car last June.

But he has pushed through it all with good humour.

“It has been very difficult but he has done everything asked of him,” said Leasa.

“He gets frustrated but he has never said, ‘Why me?’. He just gets on with it.

“He only just got back on his scooter three days ago, and ever since he has not been off it.

“He wants to prove how well he can do it. The next thing for him is to get back on his bike.”

The proud mum added: “I can’t believe what the doctors can do.

“They have been absolutely incredible.”

n To nominate an inspirational child for The Star’s Superkids Awards write to ellen.beardmore@thestar.co.uk or call 0114 276 7676.

n ‘Teen beats odds to be a Superkid’, page 13.