A young boy whose parents were told he may never walk or talk after brain surgery has defied the odds to become a dance champion and actor.
Ben Wilby underwent a nine-hour operation because the plates in his skull had not fused correctly after birth.
The youngster was diagnosed with Craniosynostosis when he was two years old, and doctors warned his parents he may not survive the procedure to relieve pressure on his brain.
But a decade later and the now 12-year-old has recovered to star in films alongside Martin Freeman, and has also won an international dance competition.
The young actor from Cannock in Staffordshire, underwent the complex operation at Birmingham Childrenâ€™s Hospital when he was two years old.
To mark the anniversary of the procedure, Ben will meet the surgeon who saved his life as well as visiting patients and their parents at the hospital to show them it is possible to achieve anything.
His parents were told their son may not be able to walk after brain surgery, but Ben defied the odds and joined a dance school to develop his balance and improve the strength in his legs.
He went on to win a number of trophies, including the title of European Freestyle Champion.
Determined to live life in the limelight, Ben then beat 500 other young hopefuls to win the role of Bob in the hit film, Nativity, having turned up to the auditions wearing an audacious outfit of neon green shorts, legwarmers and a t-shirt with the slogan ‘Born To Dance’ on it.