Special party a dream come true for 'superhero' David
A sick child, who has been dubbed a 'superhero' by his family, was given superstar attention at the weekend for his bravery by the Share a Dream foundation.
David Hutch (10), from Finglas, Co Dublin, was born with Vacterl Syndrome and has spent most of his life in Crumlin Hospital.
He has had eight surgeries, including three open-heart surgeries, and he also suffers from scoliosis. However, David's family say that he never complains and has a smile for everyone he meets.
"He's a little superhero," his aunt Allison said. "He's just the greatest kid you will ever meet, he is so special."
David is now living back at home with a palliative care team. To reward him for his courage, aunt Allison got in touch with the Share a Dream foundation to try to organise a day to remember for the family.
On Sunday, David along with brother Adam (16), sister Shannon (10) and parents Vanessa and David was chauffered by limousine with a special garda escort to the Crowne Plaza in Blanchardstown.
"We had a party with music and dancing," said Allison. "Everyone had a brilliant day. You don't get David stuck for words, but he really was."
The highlight for the youngster was when he got a video message from his own hero, Stampylongnose, from Minecraft.
"David sends Stampy messages, he even baked him a cake with his name on it before," said Allison. "When he saw the message, he kept saying, I can't believe he has made contact with me.
"Then Captain Courage, from the Share a Dream foundation, came and presented him with a special courage and bravery award.
"His mom and dad were over the moon, just so happy to see the smile on his face."
Shay Kinsella, founder of Share a Dream, said David is truly a "National Child of Courage".
"Share a Dream are deeply honoured to be part of his dream come true," he said.