Happy Birthday SuperJosh: Brave teenager who defied the odds celebrates 14th birthday
Joshua Wilson celebrates despite mum Dawn being told SEVEN times that her son had less than 48 hours to live
A miracle teenager will celebrate a birthday doctors never expected him to reach this weekend – along with the first anniversary of a charity in his name.
Joshua Wilson, 14, was left severely disabled after surgery to remove a brain tumour and is now suffering from a terminal lung condition as a result of post-operative complications.
His mum Dawn Fidler has been told seven times since last Christmas that her son had less than 48 hours to live – but each time determined Josh pulled through.
Now, against all the odds, ‘SuperJosh’ will celebrate his 14th birthday with a party on Saturday, which Dawn is determined to make one to remember.
The 38-year-old, of Walshaw, Bury, said: “He is such a hero. He is the most intelligent, cheeky, crazy 14-year-old.
“His aim in life is to make people happy. I just don’t know how he does it, he is so brave.
“This party is so important to us. Realistically, it could be his last birthday.
“But we’ve been through the hysterics and tears, we’ve been to rock bottom and it’s August now and he’s still here, he’s still smiling.
“We just enjoy every single day and take it as it comes.”
The superhero-themed barbecue at the Village Hotel in Bury will also celebrate the achievements of the Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity, which supports the families of children with brain tumours and post-operative disabilities in Greater Manchester.
Dawn said: “I honestly think, and the doctors agree, that this charity is what is keeping Josh going.
“He’s always got events to rock up to, he’s always the centre of attention, and he loves counting up the buckets at the end to see how much we’ve raised.
“He loves seeing the families we’ve helped. I say to him: ‘This is all because of you.’
“He’s really proud.”
The charity also distributes SuperJosh packages full of CDs, DVDs and games consoles to hospitals across the region to help keep teenage patients entertained.
Dawn said: “We have had so much given to us by the NHS, it has been so fantastic and they have saved Josh’s life so many times, so we wanted to give something back.”
To find out more about the charity and to donate, go to joshwilson.org.uk.