Joshua Chiocci, who’s Dad serves in the British Army at RAF Wyton, has been awarded ‘Little Trooper of the Month’ after suddenly losing his sight and having emergency surgery in September.
Joshua has Neurofibromatosis, which causes tumours to grow on nerve endings and has also led to Joshua developing Scoliosis and moderate learning problems. Last month, Joshua lost his vision in his right eye and after numerous tests was found to have a detached retina. He underwent emergency surgery at Addenbrookes Hospital and while the doctors are optimistic that he will get his sight back, the family are still waiting for the final test results.
Mum, Emma Chiocci, comments: “He has dealt with so much in his life and he never complains. He just takes everything in his stride and keeps on smiling. In fact, he’s dealing with it all a lot better than I am! He was scared to have the surgery but he was so brave and did amazingly well. He is our hero.”
Joshua will receive a medal, certificate and a £50 voucher as part of his prize.
Louise Fetigan, founder of Little Troopers, said: “The Little Trooper of the Month scheme is about recognising military children who have been exceptionally brave and when we saw Joshua’s nomination it was clear that he has shown amazing strength and resilience. We hope that winning this award makes him feel proud of being a Little Trooper.”
This months Little Trooper of the month award has kindly been sponsored by Amazon.