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Plucky Stafford lad who was not expected to last a week turns 16

By Kerry.Ashdown  |  Posted: August 14, 2014

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A STAFFORD teenager who defied doctors’ expectations when he was born is celebrating his 16th birthday this week.

Luke Buckley, of Read Avenue, may have cerebral palsy and use a wheelchair but just like other lads of his age he loves football and video games, and is awaiting his GCSE results next week.

He celebrated his 16th birthday on Tuesday by travelling to Old Trafford to watch his beloved Manchester United beat Valencia 2-1. He is also looking forward to starting a sports science course at Newcastle under Lyme College.

But the modest teen, who has just left Blackfriars Special School in Newcastle, said he cannot see what the fuss is about as he turns 16. “I can’t see how it is special – this is all just normal for me”, he said.

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Back in 1998, his mother Lisa Gee could scarcely have imagined such a happy family scene, as Luke eagerly waits for his new X-Box game to load and chats to his brothers Philip, 20, Benjamin, 10, and sister Nicole, 18.

Lisa was told her son would probably have to be fed through a tube for most of his life. But the determined lad learned to feed himself and joined a mainstream primary school, Stafford’s John Wheeldon, when he was six.

“He was 13 weeks premature and we didn’t expect him to reach a week,” she said. “Doctors said that if he survived, he wouldn’t know us.

“But we’re all very proud of him.”

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