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Brave Ollie Carroll stands tall to greet Prince Harry

By Jack Hardy

Published 04/10/2016

Prince Harry meets Inspirational Child award winner Ollie Carroll at the WellChild Awards in London yesterday
Prince Harry meets Inspirational Child award winner Ollie Carroll at the WellChild Awards in London yesterday

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 (5) 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 Harry.

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: "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."

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