My Special Day: Football-mad Oran Tully meets John Terry and Chelsea team-mates
Last Updated: 26/12/13 12:43pm
Football-mad Oran Tully met his idol John Terry and the rest of the Chelsea squad during a festive edition of My Special Day.
The 14-year-old from Skerries, near Dublin, has been in and out of hospital for most of his life with a rare stomach problem and an operation five years ago lead to life-threatening bowel failure.
Oran spent a year-and-a-half in a wheelchair but football - and his beloved Blues - kept him going.
My Special Day has a message for a one lucky Chelsea fan.
One afternoon in November his dream became reality when he arrived home from school to be greeted by the Sky Sports cameras - and a special video message from Terry.
The Blues skipper invited him to Stamford Bridge for the Champions League visit of Schalke and there Oran's Special Day truly began.
He saw Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba fire Chelsea to a 3-0 victory, before heading to the dugout to meet the team, boss Jose Mourinho and even owner Roman Abramovich.
Watch Oran in action for Skerries FC against Lusk United.
The next day Oran returned to the Bridge for a kickabout with Terry, whose recovery from injury in the 2007 League Cup final in time to join in with the celebrations inspired the teenager during his health battle.
"If I didn't have football there'd be no me," Oran, who got to lift the Champions League and Europa League trophies, said. "The buzz I get from watching Chelsea and when Chelsea win, it makes me feel really, really good.
"John Terry is one of us. He's a fan who made his dream come true by playing for Chelsea."
Oran tells John Terry the background to his illness
Terry, who gave Oran a surprise mention in his programme notes, said: "He's a credit to himself for fighting and for still being here. His knowledge of the football club is incredible.
Paying tribute to his football-mad son, dad Martin said: "You can't really mention him without talking about football. He's mad about Chelsea, he'll probably be able to tell the players more about them than they think they know about themselves!
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"At one point one of the doctors told us that with a small bowel you can't live, and it was Oran's small bowel that stopped working. He was in a wheelchair for a good year and a half."
"He's a small guy but with a huge personality," said mum Clare Tully. "Without football I don't think he'd be as happy or as confident as he is today. It's kept him going through all the bad times."
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