Heart op boy meets Def Leppard heroes

A boy who was one of the youngest children ever to undergo open heart surgery in Northern Ireland has come face to face with his rock heroes.

Most youngsters dream of meeting their childhood heroes and for the Co Antrim boy this dream came true when he met rock 'n' roll legends Def Leppard.

Coleraine schoolboy JD Dinsmore met the Sheffield rockers in June and, says mum Gillian Shiels, the normally outgoing 11-year-old was left speechless.

"He would have been a bit shy about it," she explained, "but it was his dream come true. All he wants to be is a rock star. He loves his guitar and his rock and roll music. And he has always been into Def Leppard. There is no Daniel O'Donnell in this house!"

Gillian said the once in a lifetime meeting came about after JD's uncle, David Shiels, contacted the Make-a-Wish Foundation to see if it could help.

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