14/08/2014 16:56 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Boy Left Paralysed By Brain Tumour Wins A Black Belt In Tae Kwon Do


A 14 year-old boy who was left paralysed after suffering from a brain tumour has baffled doctors by making an unexpected recovery and getting his black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Daniel Kimmins had emergency surgery just days before his seventh birthday when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

After the operation he was left paralysed down the left hand side of his body - which doctors warned could be permanent.


But now Daniel has fought against the odds to make a full recovery and gain his black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Daniel, from Bath, took up the martial art when he was six years old and within a year he had earned his yellow belt. But he was forced to give it up after the brain tumour left him fighting for his life.

His mum, Heidi, 47, from Bath, said: "After his operation Daniel couldn't move the left side of his body and he had lost the ability to speak - which is something the doctors warned may happen.

"We were never given any hope. We were always of the impression that he wouldn't recover from the tumour.

"No one thought he'd make it - he was so poorly not even the doctors thought he would pull through. But slowly but surely he got back to himself.

"Now he has learnt to walk and talk all over again and he is able to do all of the things he did before he had the tumour, which makes me unbelievably proud of him."

After Daniel had the brain tumour removed in a seven-hour operation, he was confined to a wheelchair for two years and had to learn to crawl, walk and talk all over again.

When he eventually returned to the martial art, he was very weak so his class mates and teacher would hold his hands to help support him. But he gradually earned belt after belt through sheer grit and determination.

His mother said: "I was so pleased when he said he wanted to go back to Tae Kwon Do.

"I think it was a really good form of physiotherapy for him and it really helped him build up his strength and get back on his feet.

"He now now takes part in adult classes twice a week - even though he's only tiny. I'm so proud of him."

Daniel still struggles with his balance and stamina and often has to work twice as hard everyone else.

Daniel said: "When I went back everything was a bit different, mainly because there were new people in the class and I found it a lot harder to do things than I had before.

"I got my black belt a few weeks ago. It was absolutely amazing."