Miracle Boy? and Zorro the winners

ROAN Clarkson is one resilient kid.

Three years ago, only months after he and his family moved to Bellingen, he was diagnosed with an 'inoperable' brain tumour.

Partial removal, chemotherapy and the careful use of thalidomide seemed to control the growth, but the prognosis was not good.

Then they heard of neurosurgeon Charles Teo who specialises in minimally invasive but maximally effective surgery.

His famed expertise in removing 'inoperable' tumours gave young Roan a chance he had not had before.

Two operations later, one an emergency one only last week, and Roan is full of bounce and dreams for the future.

His passion is for all things medieval and this journalist was treated to an exciting array of swords and castles and knights yesterday.

"I have decided I don't want to be a policeman anymore when I grow up ? I'd like to be a knight," young Roan announced to his mother, Carol, recently.

"I think I will be Sir Roan of Bellingen."

"We are feeling very optimistic because Roan seems so well and strong," Mrs Clarkson said.

"He was so proud when he and Zorro won last weekend ? it really fluffed up his feathers."

Roan was unable to walk much of last year following major surgery to remove his tumour but a healthy diet and the loving care of his family and health carers are working miracles.

"The staff at the hospitals have been wonderful ? their positive support and that of his school (Chrysalis School in Thora) is very special.

Physiotherapy and swimming are a big part of Roan's life.

"Jennifer Doust, the occupational therapist in Bellingen, jousts with Roan to help him get strong and use his muscles," Mrs Clarkson said.

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