A young boy has thanked his hero surgeon who treated him in hospital by making him the subject of his school project.
Roman Clark, five, from Louth, returned to Diana Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby this month, following surgery on his arm, to thank consultant surgeon Mr Khalid Sharif.
The youngster was playing on monkey bars in a park in August when he fell and fractured his elbow.
He was rushed into hospital and Mr Sharif and his team operated on Roman, enabling him to make a full recovery.
Following this, Roman took part in a school project in October where he had to choose a fictional superhero and a real hero. For the latter, he chose Mr Sharif and after ringing the patient advice and liaison (PALS) team at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust, Roman arranged to come in to thank him and have a picture with all the staff.
Roman said: “I wanted to choose Mr Sharif as my hero as he made me better and he was really nice. I chose Iron Man as my superhero for my school project.”
Mr Sharif said: “He was very happy with the outcome and he has no pain. I was really chuffed when I found out he’d chosen me as his hero.
“It is not often we get compliments even when we do well. For this to actually come from a child who appreciates our work and wants to put it into a project is great.
“When I told the staff, they all wanted to be in the picture. I wanted to make this wish of his come true for Christmas.”
It’s a double celebration for Roman and his family this Christmas with the recent arrival of his little sister.
Speaking about the accident, his mum Charlotte said: “It was really traumatic. We were due to go on holiday four days later. He was out within 24 hours from having his operation. It has fully healed.
“Mr Sharif has been absolutely amazing with him. It will be part of his school project and he will put pictures in of the x-ray to show what he had done.”
The project will now go on display in Roman’s school.