Child of Courage or Achievement Award - Jordan Tonkin
An “inspirational” boy from Lanner has been recognised at Pirate FM’s Local Heroes awards in association with Truro and Penwith College, held at the Tregenna Castle Resort in St Ives on Friday Night.
Fourteen year-old Jordan Tonkin was presented with the Child of Courage or Achievement Award, sponsored by Francis Clarke Chartered Accountants.
At just two days old, Jordan was diagnosed with a syndrome which means he only has half a heart. Doctors told Jordan, who’s had three lots of open-heart surgery, he would have no appetite, never ride a bike and wouldn’t even be able to go to school.
However, now aged 14, Jordan has proved them wrong – attending Pool Academy and becoming an active young man.
Proud aunty, Lisa Tonkin nominated Jordan for this award: “Despite being told that Jordan would be completely inactive, he is now doing his mock exams at Pool Academy and is the captain of his football team. All this, even though he is in the early stages of heart failure and will eventually need a heart transplant.
“He has beat the odds that were handed to him and has proven all the doctors wrong. He truly is an inspiration to us all. No one can tell him he can’t because he will show them!
“I’m so proud of him. He’s turned into a lovely young man despite everything that he’s been through. He really fights for everything – nothing defeats him.”
Jordan, who plays for Trevenson FC said “The doctors told me I’d never ride a bike, or I’d never play sport. But here I am, I’m riding bikes, I’m playing sport. I’m trying to be an inspiration for people that have my kind of disability.”
Jordan Tonkin’s Nomination from Lisa Tonkin
Jordan was born on the 17th July 2000 at Treliske Hospital, Not long after he was born his mother noticed he was having trouble breathing. At 2 days old Jordan was diagnosed with Hypo-plastic Left Heart Syndrome. This meant Jordan only had half a heart.
He was then rushed to Birmingham Childrens Hospital and was given life saving open-heart surgery at just 2 days old, he has since had 2 more open-heart surgeries. Despite being told that Jordan would be completely in-active, that he would have no appetite, he would not be able to go to school or ride a bike, Jordan is now doing his mock exams at Pool Academy and is the captain of his football team even though he is in the early stages of heart failure and will eventually need a heart transplant. He has beat the odds that were handed to him and has proven all the doctors wrong. He truly is an inspiration to us all. No one can tell him he can’t because he will show them!