Daily Record Little Hero Samuel Bell celebrates 16th birthday with plan to set up charity for children with rare illnesses
SAMUEL, who suffers from rare Hirschsprung's disease, began thinking about setting up charity Samuel's Smile in 2006 after he met other children awaiting a vital transplant.
THE Daily Record’s first-ever Little Hero celebrated his 16th birthday with a joyous plan to set up his own children’s charity.
Samuel’s Smile may not yet have their own official registration number but the brave teen behind them is already inspiring children as far afield as America.
Samuel Bell, from Knightswood in Glasgow, was given just three months to live by doctors after he was diagnosed with the rare Hirschsprung’s disease.
It means Samuel, who has had more than 60 operations on his intestine, has to be fed through a tube into his heart and carries a life-saving medical kit in his backpack.
His condition is still very fragile and Samuel lives each day as it comes, making the most of life.
His smiling face, big eyes and beautiful nature have won the hearts of those he meets and his courage and go-getting attitude have inspired many, including the journalists at the Daily Record, where he writes sports articles.
Samuel began thinking about setting up a charity in 2006 after he met other children awaiting a vital transplant.