PARENTS of a Winsford schoolboy who died after an operation on a rare heart defect are donating a memorial award in his honour.
Woodford Lodge High School pupil Stuart Clay died after heart surgery to treat dextrocardia last month.
The 14-year-old was born with the condition, whereby the heart is on the right-hand side of the body instead of the left. He also had a hole in his heart, known as an Atrioventricular Septal Defect. He had an operation as a baby but tragically, Stuart suffered complications at Alder Hey Children's Hospital last month and died shortly afterwards.
His parents, Jackie and Ian Clay, of Lulworth Close, Winsford, and brother Nick, 15, also a pupil of Wood-ford Lodge, have been left devastated. But they are determined to carry on his legacy by donating a performing arts trophy to the school, where he enjoyed drama and music.
Jackie said: 'We were warned about the possible complications that could arise but he did not let his condition interfere with his life and was not worried about having his second operation.'
Ian added: 'We are taking one day at a time, you have good days and bad days.
'He put 100% into everything he did, especially his performing arts and music.'
The family has also collected £1,000 in donations in memory of Stuart which will be handed over to Alder Hey Children's Hospital,
Jackie added: 'Stuart will always be remembered as a caring, happy-go-lucky lad who had a smile for everyone.'