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Thumbs-up from five-year-old Oliver Dickey after big US operation

By Colin Francis

A five-year-old who flew to the US for an operation to help him walk for the first time has given his trademark thumbs-up after coming out of theatre.

Coleraine boy Oliver Dickey, who suffers from a form of cerebral palsy, was able to have the operation after the public raised the money to send him to America.

Yesterday his relieved parents let people know on social media that he was doing well.

They said: "Oliver had a really good night. He was in great form from 4.45pm until 9.30pm when he fell asleep.

"He even had a visit from one of the therapy dogs. He slept until 7.45am.

"His medical team are great, he's on IV meds (antibiotics, pain relief, anti-sickness) and has an epidural fitted until Friday.

"He's not complaining of any pain at the minute. It's all very well managed. He's drinking fluids and will hopefully be able to start light foods later today... and of course he's still smiling, with his trademark thumbs-up!!!"

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