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Young Collum Coffey is in the pink after dream snooker match with John Higgins

By Charlotte Birch

A 10-year-old boy from Northern Ireland diagnosed with kidney failure at birth has been granted his wish to play snooker with his hero John Higgins.

Collum Coffey travelled from his home in Armagh to the Crucible in Sheffield where he watched a snooker match before meeting the former world champion.

Thanks to charity Make-A-Wish UK, the pair played a game together.

Collum and his mother Christina also enjoyed a VIP tour around the Crucible where they met other players.

Christina said: "The wish went beyond all expectations and has made Collum even more determined to become a professional snooker player."

Collum underwent a successful kidney transplant in 2012 but will be on anti-rejection drugs for the rest of his life.

Before the transplant, Collum's growth had been affected by his condition.

Post-transplant, Collum has now grown but this has put pressure on his legs and he is hoping to have a knee replacement and knee extension later this year.

Christina added: "Collum has recently found walking very difficult and he struggled to move around the snooker table, but he got lots of tips from John and is now feeling really positive.

"The memories of the wish will stay with Collum for ever."

Since turning professional in 1992, Higgins has won 25 ranking titles, including four World Championships, making him one of the most successful players in the modern history of the sport.

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