A TEENAGER who nearly died after having a brain tumour removed is now helping other hospital patients.
Robert Hughes, 16, of Borras, Wrexham, regularly visits Wrexham Maelor Hospital to take the confectionery trolley round the wards and chat to patients.
Robert, who was nominated by his aunt, Ann, in the Young Person category of this year’s Your Champions awards, underwent surgery at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital 18 months ago to remove a brain tumour.
Post-operative complications left the youngster paralysed down one side and with memory loss and blurred and double vision, but thanks to physiotherapy and determination he made a full recovery.
The Rhosnesni High School student is a mentor to fellow pupils.
He has just returned from South Africa on a trip arranged with the Journey of a Lifetime Trust (JOLT), an organisation which arranges expeditions for groups of young people with significant disadvantages.
Miss Hughes, who nominated him, said: “Robert has made it against the odds. His love of life and his compassionate disposition shine through to anyone who has the pleasure of being in his company.
“His family are very proud of him. He takes it all in his stride.”