Liver failure lad Gareth becomes a pet shop boy
Gareth Anderson will step behind the counter of a new business venture for his first full shift this Sunday.
It’s a huge step for the Newtownards lad who, last August, was given just weeks to live after his liver failed and he was rushed to King’s College Hospital in London.
Further medical care at Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital has helped him on the road to recovery, however, and the 20-year-old owner of the recently established Ards Pet Supplies in Newtownards is determined to make it a success.
Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph last night, his father Brian said the official opening of the business on December 1 marked a step in the right direction in terms of his son’s future.
“I’ve got my boy round the corner and up the road,” the Co Down builder said.
“I’m doing everything a father can to put my son in the right direction. I’ve carried him through hell and high water since August 4.”
Mr Anderson, who has invested thousands of pounds in the shop, said he has been holding the fort during Gareth’s recuperation. Last month, the young man underwent a minor operation to reduce excess fluid building up in his liver.
“Thankfully we’re at the point where Gareth doesn’t need a new liver. We’re not sure he has completely recovered, but it’s looking good,” he said.
And now that he’s back on his feet again, his father said Gareth is ready to help run the fledgling business. “We can make this work,” he added.