SOME youngsters are reluctant to go back to school after the summer holidays, but not Archie Anderson.
The six-year-old cerebral palsy sufferer underwent a life-changing operation in the US to help him walk unaided this summer and is coming on leaps and bounds.
Now the Ashington lad is back at school for the first time since the operation.
Mum Marie said: “He was so excited to be going back to school he was dressed and ready at 7am.
“It was so nice to be able to see him standing with his friends waiting to go into the classroom together.
“He was really looking forward to going back and getting back to normal.
“I was a bit worried on Sunday night as he hasn’t been to school since June, so it was a long time away, but he absolutely loved it.”
Archie, of Magnolia Drive, is now settling back into life as a Year 2 pupil at St Aidan’s RC First School in Ashington after undergoing a selective dorsal rhizotomy at St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri in June.
“He has come on so far,” said Marie.
“He can run a little bit now, and that’s what he’s always wanted to do more than anything.
“It’s so nice to be able to see him playing with his friends and joining in.
“He seems to have this increased confidence and independence because he can do things now that he couldn’t do before.”
The youngster is doing daily physiotherapy sessions at school and at home to ensure his legs continue to get stronger.
“He needs to learn to walk again with his feet on the floor, so he needs to be strong, but he changes every day,” said Marie.
“It’s remarkable. He just seems so much happier.
“We have raised an amazing £87,571 for Archie.
“We could not have done this without all the amazing friends and people who have helped us. You have made Archie’s dreams come true.”
In November, Marie will send video footage of Archie’s progress to the St Louis hospital to see if a follow-up visit is necessary.