AN eight-year-old boy who has never been able to walk is now revelling in the novelty of crossing his legs by himself after a massive fundraising drive paid for a lifechanging operation in the US.
Up to now, Glen Wilkie was unable to sit, stand or walk unaided but is now making strides to get on his feet after the successful surgery in the States.
This week, Glen's mother Margaret said she will forever be indebted to the kind-hearted people of north Kerry and west Limerick who helped raise a staggering €63, 000, which covered the cost of his surgery and will part fund follow - up physiotherapy. She said she and her family have been overwhelmed by the generosity and support shown by those who organised bike runs, head shaves, concerts and other events in support of the 'Let's Help Glen Walk' fund.
"I honestly can't thank people enough for their kindness. They couldn't have done enough for our family and that blows me away," an emotional Margaret said. "It has changed our lives and we will be eternally grateful."
Although the Foynes youngster has a long, tough road ahead - including intensive physiotherapy to strengthen his legs - he is now putting his feet under him and standing with the aid of a tripod and canes for the first time in his life.