Well-wishers have sent scores of messages of support to battling Alfie Smith following the news that his health had taken a turn for the worst.
The nine-year-old who has cerebral palsy, underwent Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy at Leeds General Hospital, last week and seemed to be on the mend.
But at the weekend, his family were left heartbroken when the pain he was in was so severe that medics were forced to sedate him.
Now members of the community have rallied round the family and sent Alfie their well-wishes.
On the Mail’s Facebook page Peter Mitchell wrote: “Keep strong little fella.”
Shirley Carruthers said: “Aw bless him it’s very painful. x”
Philip Reed commented: “All the best to Alfie and his family.”
Pat Young added: “Good luck Alfie, keep smiling. xx”
Elsie Dodsworth said: “God bless him. xx”
Abbie-leigh Raw added: “Stay strong Alfie you can do this. xx”
Gina Mcguinness commented: “Breaks our hearts seeing him in pain, but he will bounce back. “The strongest little boy I know. Come on Alfie, show us that big smile again.”
Ashley Foster added: “Stay strong we are all behind you.”
Ann Halliwell commented: “This little one is so brave.
“He is a tough little one. You can and will be okay. Take care, we will see you running soon.”
On his official Facebook page ‘Help Alfie Walk for the First Time’ his mum Annie Stalley announced Alfie has been released from hospital.
She said: “Alfie has been released from hospital, he is on meds to help with pain.
“He is very weak and needs lots of rest in-between his physio sessions at hospital. “He has no independence at all so his k-walker isn’t an option at the moment. “It’s taken him back over, but we expected this.
“I would like to give a huge thank you to his surgeon Dr Goodden and his team at LGI.”
Now Alfie will embark on years of physiotherapy to help rebuild his muscle strength and retrain his body, with the hope he will one day be able to walk unaided and painfree.
He will need to remain in Leeds for at least a month while he undergoes various physiotherapy sessions and assessments.
The operation and aftercare has been made possible after people from across the region helped to raise £50,000.