Tears of joy as surgery gives Leeds’ Lyall his voice

Lyall Cookward with his mums Steph Ward and Sharron Cook

Lyall Cookward with his mums Steph Ward and Sharron Cook

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A youngster has found his voice after complex surgery allowed him to breathe unaided for the first time in four years.

Lyall Cookward’s first word on waking up from the operation was “mummy” – which he has never been able to say before.

Now the four-year-old is benefitting more than anyone imagined from the life-changing procedure to remove the tracheostomy he relied on to breathe.

 

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