Schoolboy who was left with brain injury after an asthma attack wins special award.

Geraint Richards, 13, has been awarded the WellChild Inspirational Young Person Award.

The teenager from Bridgend, Wales was 11 when an asthma attack resulted in cardiac arrest. Geraint was placed in an induced coma for three weeks but when he awoke he was left with an extensive brain injury. Read Geraint’s full story here. He spent eight months in hospital and has since continued to undergo regular physiotherapy. He has achieved several personal goals - including taking a staggering 30 steps with the use of a ‘pacer’ walking aid – and has educated and inspired people throughout the UK. Geraint was picked from more than 600 nominees from across the UK to win the Inspirational Young Person category in the awards, which celebrate the courage of children coping with serious illnesses or complex conditions. Geraint collected his prize at a star-studded ceremony in London on October 5 and was joined by his parents, Julie and Chris, and sister Kayley. Kayley said: “We had such a lovely evening at the awards. I’m so proud of my amazing brother!” As part of the awards the family also met TV duo Ant and Dec. "My brother is one very happy bow now!” Kayley, who is studying children’s nursing, recently ran a half marathon to raise money for Geraint’s rehabilitation. Chris commented: “It was a fantastic event. Geraint was so excited to meet Prince Harry.” His dad said: “It’s been a very difficult time for us all, especially Geraint, but his courage and progress has been incredible,” added Chris, who was one of more than 14 people to nominate Geraint for the award. “It’s his determination more than anything - he’s really taken the challenge on. “You can see when he’s having his physio that he’s in a lot of pain but he keeps going. “He can be crying but he doesn’t stop until his legs can literally take no more. “He’s a real fighter and I think other people have seen that too. “We don’t even know where all the nominations came from and when the WellChild charity came to film Geraint at school, one of the team told me Geraint’s story and his determination was a stand-out.”
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