BRAVE little Jack Wilkinson made his parents proud as he graduated from nursery.
The four-year-old made it out of hospital for the first time in a month for the ceremony at Ashfield Nursery in South Shields.
Jack, who lives with his mum and dad in Sidney Street, Boldon Colliery, has been diagnosed with atypical haemolytic uremic syndrome (AHUS) – a genetic condition which causes uncontrolled activation of the body’s immune system, and is a one-in-a million condition in under-fives.
He has spent two weeks in intensive care and is now on dialysis, but despite everything, he made it to the special ceremony, on Friday.
Mr Wilkinson, 34, said: “Jack looked so cute in his little cap and gown and the ceremony was very overwhelming.
“Jack was a little bit poorly in the morning, but we asked him if he still wanted to go and he was determined to make it.
“He absolutely loved being there and seeing his friends, and the nursery presented him with a toy hamper as well, which was really nice.” Jack fell ill on June 16. An ultrasound revealed that his kidneys were inflamed and his heart wasn’t functioning properly.
He was diagnosed and given medication, which helped his heart to work again, but then his kidneys failed.
He is now out of intensive care but his kidneys are working at just 30 per cent of their capacity, and he is having 12-hour dialysis sessions almost every day.
The family are now waiting to find out if he needs a transplant.