FRIENDS forever – disabled Oliver Rains and best pal Connor Elliott, both aged 11, are proving a friend in need is a friend indeed.
For the inseparable pair have helped each other in many ways, including through Oliver’s recent four-week spell in hospital on life support after getting tonsilitis.
The schoolboy has spinal muscular atrophy which means he is wheelchair-bound and chest infections or other conditions can have serious complications.
Connor is happy to help out with Oliver’s care, even alerting teaching staff when he last felt unwell, and the friendship is also having a good effect on his own ADHD.
Proud mum Amanda Elliott, of Hackenthorpe, said: “Ever since Oliver and Connor started at Birley Spa they have been the best of friends.
“I think they’ve helped each other. “Connor just seems to know what to do with Oliver, feeding and helping him, it doesn’t faze him at all.
“It is quite moving to see them together.
“I am so proud of Connor, I know what he can be like with his ADHD, but when he’s with Oliver he is like a different person.”
Connor was a regular visitor to see Oliver before he came out of Sheffield Children’s Hospital last week.
Now the pair - who were born just hours apart in the same maternity unit – are enjoying playing in the garden and cinema trips together again.
Although the boys are due to start at different schools in September their families are confident they will remain firm friends.
Oliver’s mum Helen, 37, of Gleadless Townend, said: “ Being friends with Connor gives Oliver a bit of independence in that he’s not always stuck with me or my husband David.
“They play in the garden or on the Nintendo Wii computer and are just like two normal 11-year-old boys.
“The only thing that is different is that Oliver needs a lot of help and Connor is quite happy to give him that help and support.
“I think they’ll definitely still be friends when they both go to high school, and mine and Amanda’s friendship has grown out of this as well.”