A SCHOOLBOY has been recognised for his outstanding bravery after undergoing a liver transplant and fighting cancer.
Louis Brook spent 14 months in and out of hospital while he was treated for a blood condition, acute liver failure, a bone marrow condition and post-transplant cancer.
But his family has had plenty to celebrate since he went into remission in July.
In September, 12-year-old Louis was able to go back to school for the first time since he fell ill.
And last Thursday, he was recognised at the Yorkshire Children of Courage and Achievement Awards.
Mum Lisa Brook said: “I knew he had won weeks ago and had to keep it secret. It was great moment.”
Louis, of School Lane, Dewsbury Moor, said: “I didn’t think I was going to win. I felt really proud.”
But for Louis, simple things like going out for walks with his granddad and trick or treating with friends are just as special.
Lisa, 27, said: “He was still in hospital recovering from his transplant this time last year. He missed Halloween and bonfire night so we’re making up for it now. It’s lovely to have a bit of normality.”
Earlier this year, Louis told the Reporter that the one thing he wanted most was to join his friends from Westmoor Junior School at secondary school.
On Monday, he had his first full day at Westborough High School.
Louis said: “I’m pleased to be back but it’s weird because I’ve been off school for 14 months.”
Lisa said: “The doctors are so pleased with his progress but there are other children we know who haven’t made it.
“It makes you realise how lucky you are.”