Brave Morgan's dream comes trueBy Jon Nurse
December 17, 2012
A brave schoolboy who was diagnosed with a brain tumour had his wish come true as he swam with dolphins in Florida.
Six-year-old Morgan Anderson, from Woosehill, was whisked to the sunshine state with his parents James and Linda and sister Alyshia, four, last month by the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
The Hawthorns Primary School pupil has twice had operations on his brain since he was diagnosed in May 2011 and has had two clear scans this year before venturing to America.
Morgan’s dad James said: “It’s been a traumatic year but it’s ended in a good place.
“It was the treat Morgan deserved. He says it was a dream come true.”
The Andersons visited Seaworld, Discovery Cove and Busch Gardens in a once-in-a -lifetime adventure gifted by Starlight, the charity that grants wishes for seriously ill children.
“Morgan absolutely loved it,” Mr Anderson added. “He has been talking to everyone about it since he got back.
“He came up with the idea himself. Morgan has always been very keen on animals and very interested in dolphins.”
Mr Anderson was delighted the foundation chose to send the whole family on the trip.
“Siblings go through such a hard time as well,” he explained. “It gave us something to look forward to and the way they took care of everything was just great. I was struggling to believe it was all happening.”
Following an operation last May, Morgan went through three rounds of chemotherapy and eight weeks of radiotherapy before it became clear he would need a second operation at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital in April.
After beating a second bout of postoperative meningitis doctors confirmed the tumour had been fully removed.
“The children’s hospital and staff were superb,” Mr Anderson added. “We had the second clear scan just before we went to America. Hopefully we can now plan ahead.”