STAFFORD'S own miracle boy, who has continually defied the odds since being born 11 weeks premature, has marked a major milestone by arriving at his school prom - as Doctor Who in a Tardis.
Aidan Wilkinson, 16, emulated his idol Matt Smith and was set to leave fellow pupils dazzled with his big entrance for the Walton High School leavers' prom last night.
It marks a major achievement for Aidan, of Hollyhurst, Wildwood. When he was born his parents were told he would not survive.
He suffered numerous conditions, including pneumonia, septicaemia and meningitis and spent the first eight months of his life in hospital in Nottingham, undergoing various operations and blood transfusions.
As he overcame various hurdles his family was then told he would never grow much taller than 5ft 2ins and that his life would be short.
But determined Aidan, who was featured in the Newsletter as a youngster, has continually defied medics to overcome his problems. He is now 5ft 9ins, has completed his GCSEs and is hoping to go to college in September to study art and design.
Proud mum Paula said: "Sixteen years ago Aidan was called a 'miracle baby' in the Newsletter. The paper also featured his first day at school, so leaving school and going to his prom is a major achievement for Aidan.
"He has done so well, defying the odds. He still has some health issues but he just gets on with it.
"We were told he would never be tall but he's grown so much and we now think he's going to reach 6ft.
"He is such a happy lad and is obsessed with Doctor Who, so he wanted to go to his prom as Matt Smith and in a Tardis.
"We heard about a man who builds them in exchange for a donation to charity so we got in touch. He built the Tardis actually at Chase Golf Club, where the prom was being held."