A young Blades fan’s dreams came true when he led his team out as a mascot at Bramall Lane.
Nine-year-old Addison Connor was given the VIP treatment after the brave youngster’s family contacted the club.
Addison was born with a diaphragmatic hernia, which had stopped one of his lungs from developing properly.
The hernia caused his stomach organs to move into his chest, through an opening in the muscles, and he underwent several emergency procedures.
Addison’s dad, Craig, said: “It was such a special day for our family. Addison has been through so much but he is always happy and smiling. He deals with everything so well.
“We’d like to say a very big thank you to Sheffield United. They have made one of Addison’s dreams come true.”
Addison now lives life like any other child of his age, but he uses an oxygen cylinder to help him breathe.
The Conisbrough boy met his footballing heroes when he led the team out for their FA Cup clash against Plymouth Argyle at the weekend.
The Morley Place Junior School pupil was also given a tour of the backroom facilities, where he met first team players and manager Nigel Clough, received an autographed football which was presented by club captain Michael Doyle and enjoyed a kick about on the Bramall Lane pitch before kick-off.
Dave McCarthy of Sheffield United said: “After speaking to Addison’s family, it quickly became clear that Addison is an extremely brave young boy who also acts as an inspiration to others as he has remained positive throughout all of his health issues.
“We hope he will always look back on this day with great fondness.”