Sunderland disabled teenager gets life-changing birthday gift

Janice Murtha with her son Dominic Murtha celebrating his 17th birthday with his new trike, with stepdad, Scott Mathews and 12 year old brother, Alexander Wilson.
Janice Murtha with her son Dominic Murtha celebrating his 17th birthday with his new trike, with stepdad, Scott Mathews and 12 year old brother, Alexander Wilson.
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A DISABLED teenager had the ride of his life when he got an extra special birthday surprise.

Dominic Murtha, who is partially deaf and unable to talk or walk without aid, has always dreamed of being able to ride a bike.

Now the Portland College student’s dreams have turned into reality after he was given a special trike for his 17th birthday, thanks to fund-raising from friends and family.

His grandmother Joan Murtha, 64, said: “He’s always wanted to be able to go to the park and ride a bike like the other kids and now he can.

“The bike will also help him to get around and exercise as well, so it has got a lot of benefits to it.”

When he was born, medics said Dominic, of Palgrove Road, in Pennywell, would never be able to walk.

But the determined youngster, who lives with his mum Janice, 33, step-dad Scott Matthews, 34, and brother Alexander, 11, defied doctors and proved them wrong by getting on his feet.

“We didn’t expect him to be able to walk, but he did,” Joan said. “He’s getting on canny in life and can walk and even run a bit.

“The family was really excited about giving him the present because it’s something he’s wanted for ages.

“He wasn’t expecting it at all and we think it will be great for him in so many ways. He deserves it.”

The bike comes with special stabilisers to support Dominic when he rides it.

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