Superkids 2012: Brave Sheffield tot Rio loves to boogie

Brave: Mum Gemma Wright with 13-month-old son Rio Vicary.                             PICTURE: DEAN ATKINS.
Brave: Mum Gemma Wright with 13-month-old son Rio Vicary. PICTURE: DEAN ATKINS.
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BRAVE Rio Vicary has been through more than most do in a lifetime - but he still loves a little boogie.

The tot, who is almost completely blind and will probably never walk or talk, has shown immense bravery after having his first operation at just two weeks old.

And his courage through months in and out of hospital has seen him become one of the youngsters in the running for the Star Superkids awards 2012.

Mum Gemma Wright, aged 27, of Halfway, said: “Because Rio has been through all this I think it would be great for him to get an award.

“He was only two weeks old when he had his first operation. It would be amazing for him to get it at such a young age.”

Rio, aged 13 months, was born with Angelman syndrome, a rare genetic chromosome disorder that affects around one in 25,000 new babies.

It causes severe learning difficulties, movement problems and epilepsy in 90 per cent of cases.

Rio’s family hope to create him a sensory room through fundraising and he has already started recognising music and bopping to the beat.

Gemma added: “He loves looking at lights and listening to music then doing a little dance.

“His favourite song is You’re Sexy and You Know It! He always dances to that.

“Rio has a lot of problems but he is such a happy baby, he hardly ever cries.”

* It’s easy to nominate.

Simply email emma.angell@jpress.co.uk with the name of nominee, nominator and contact details with a brief description, under 100 words, saying why they should be a Superkid, by April 20. Alternatively write to Superkids, Promotions department, York Street, Sheffield, S1 1PU.