Magical moment as brain tumour survivor treated at Sheffield hospital lifts Premier League trophy with Manchester City
It was truly a magical moment for a teenage brain tumour survivor who was treated at Sheffield Children's Hospital as he lifted the Premier League trophy with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium last Sunday.
Jake Tindale of Eckington, Derbyshire, made headlines in January this year after making a remarkable recovery from a low-grade brain tumour the size of a fingernail in just three weeks over Christmas last year.
Recounting the moment, which he described as "probably the best thing that has happened to me", the hardcore City supporter said the whole experience felt surreal as he brushed shoulders with the team.
But the best part of it all was when he presented the trophy to the team's captain Fernandinho and medals to all the players.
The 15-year-old said: "I was overwhelmed, to be honest. It was amazing. It felt surreal, like a dream. It didn't feel real."
Asked how heavy the trophy was, he said: "I had the rehearsal the day before, it was quite heavy. Then on Sunday, with all the emotions, adrenaline kicked in so I didn't really notice."
Jake, who has been going to the City matches as long as he remembers as his dad took him when he was a baby, said he also got to talk to the players and the team's manager, Pep Guardiola.
"They all said it was a pleasure to meet me and glad that I could come and that they were so happy to meet me," he said.
Jake went to the Sunday game, which saw City beat Everton five-nil, with his father and his grandfather who are both City fans.
His step-dad Chris Woolhouse and his mum, Katie Woolhouse said they were proud of their son.
Chris said: "We are so proud of the way he has handled the operation and his recovery and he really is an inspiration and his strength is just amazing. He amazes us every day."
Jake was invited to be a designated trophy bearer alongside Jon Bell, the son of legendary City midfielder Colin Bell, who died in January aged 74.
This was City’s third crown in four seasons.