BBC The One Show fans in tears at ‘moving’ interview with boy after terrible diagnosis

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The One Show viewers were left in tears after an incredibly emotional story featured on the programme on Thursday night. Henri, 10, from Stoke-on-Trent was celebrated during the BBC show's One Big Thankyou segment after he raised more than £25,000 for Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool in 10 months after undergoing three major brain surgeries.

In December 2022, Henri was taken to hospital when he had been suffering headaches. But it was revealed that he had a viral infection in his brain and he was immediately rushed for surgery.

His mum Carly revealed his surgeon had devastatingly told her they didn't know if he would survive. Henri underwent three operations at the hospital, and as soon as he was well enough he embarked on a fundraising mission with his family, hosting karaoke, pool events and pyjama parties to raise cash.

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Carly said: "Henri came up with the idea to dress as your hero for school. He went as one of the consultants at Alder Hey. He wore the scrubs, had a little name badge made."

Henri had originally set out to raise £5,000 but in 10 months raised more than £25,000. Now fully recovered he is an ambassador for the hospital.

Henri was surprised with a trip to watch the England players train ahead of their match with Brazil, and was surprised with tickets to the game. And he was also got to meet his heroes including Harry Kane and Gareth Southgate.

Talking about his fundraising efforts, Henri said: "They saved me so we need to try and save other people."

Viewers were emotional after the interview. One said: "Oh my goodness. Bless Henri. What an amazing young fella."

A second commented: "He went as the consultant [crying emojis] oh my god my heart." A third said: "What an absolutely inspirational, kind and beautiful human being Henri is."

A fourth echoed: "Oh my heart! In bits watching wonderful, brave Henri getting his well-deserved surprise!" And a fifth added: "So moving. What a great young man."