A little boy with a life threatening heart condition realised his dream of stepping foot onboard a John Deere go-kart courtesy of children’s charity, Make-A-Wish Ireland.
Eight-year-old Cian Kiernan, who suffers from hypoplastic right heart syndrome, always dreamed of one day getting his hands on the popular four-wheeled vehicle.
Last Friday, he achieved his aim when Make-A-Wish arrived with the go kart together with a host of other goodies to his home in Dromard.
Cian’s mother, Orla, said the occasion was one she, her husband Jimmy and most importantly Cian, will never forget.
“He (Cian) hadn’t a clue and he got a terrible shock,” said a quietly satisfied Orla on Monday.
“It has been his one true wish,” she said of the John Deere go-kart.
“He could have asked for a trip to Disneyland, but that was what he has always wanted.”
The happy-go-lucky eight year old, who is enrolled at St Patrick’s National School in Dromard, was diagnosed with hypoplastic right heart syndrome since birth.
HRHS, to give its shorter term, is an extremely rare condition which evolves when the right hand side of the heart fails to develop at the same rate as its left side equivalent.
Despite the seriousness of his condition, Cian has courageously taken on those concerns with great gusto, according to his proud mother.
“Cian has been in and out of hospital and things have been really tough,” she said.
Orla said her two other children Joe and Jack were equally thrilled to see their older brother marvel at his new set of wheels.
She also said the day was a welcome distraction for the family, which has seen Cian endure three open heart surgeries alongside a series of more minor undertakings.
The one sticking point could be prising Cian away from his new pride and joy.
“The homework has certainly taken a back seat for now,” joked Orla, “especially with the lovely evenings we have been getting recently.”