Inspirational boy, 5, with terminal illness musters enough strength to stand up and hug Prince Harry


A young boy whose debilitating medical condition means he is barely able to walk has used his strength to stand up and give Prince Harry a hug.

Ollie Carroll, five, suffers from the rare Batten disease, which affects his mobility and will soon lead to the point where his muscles stop working.

But when the youngster, from Poynton, Cheshire, met Harry at the WellChild awards - where he was receiving the Inspirational Child award for ages four to six - he stood up to embrace the royal.

The Prince, who is patron of the WellChild charity, was at the event to recognise the courage of children living with serious illness and the medical professionals who care for them.

Ollie's mother Lucy said she was not sure whether he knew who he was hugging, but he was instinctively drawn to Harry, leaving his arms tightly wrapped around his neck for several seconds.

Prince Harry.
(Daniel Leal-Olivas/AP)

She said: "He was thrilled - they both were. He (Harry) is very privileged because Ollie cannot stand up by himself and he used his strength to stand up and hug him."

WellChild is best known for its nurses, who provide specialist medical care and direct support in the home for chronically ill children.

Award categories include inspirational child, inspirational young person, most caring young person, nurse award, professional award and special recognition winner.