Russell Brand delivers heartfelt video message to Aylsham youngster following leg amputation

Nine-year-old Toby Roper received a video message from Russell Brand following an operation to have

Nine-year-old Toby Roper received a video message from Russell Brand following an operation to have his right leg amputated below the knee on Friday. Picture: Jo Harrison-Taylor - Credit: Archant

A top comic brought a smile to the face of a Norfolk child who has recently had his leg amputated - telling him: 'There's no limit to what you can achieve in your life'.

Russell Brand performed his Re:Birth tour at the Norwich Theatre Royal on Monday night. Picture: Jo

Russell Brand performed his Re:Birth tour at the Norwich Theatre Royal on Monday night. Picture: Jo Harrison-Taylor - Credit: Archant

When Russell Brand performed at Norwich Theatre Royal on Monday night he spent the interval meeting his fans - leading to a moment a local family would never forget.

Jo Harrison Taylor, 32, from Aylsham seized the opportunity to meet the comedian and tell him about her brave nine-year-old son Toby Roper who had his right leg amputated below the knee on Friday due to a rare condition called tibia and fibula dysplasia.

MORE: Russell Brand hailed as 'a lovely, genuine guy' after handing out cookies at Norwich showMr Brand was so moved by Mrs Taylor's story that he grabbed her phone to record a video message to tell Toby how 'impressed' he was with his bravery.

Mrs Taylor said: 'During the interval he sat on the edge of stage and as I was sitting close to the front I went over and told him how pleased I was to see him after such a hard weekend.

Toby Roper recovering in hospital after having his leg amputated due to a rare condition Picture: Jo

Toby Roper recovering in hospital after having his leg amputated due to a rare condition Picture: Jo Harrison-Taylor - Credit: Archant

'I showed him a picture of Toby and he asked how old he is and then told me to give him my phone and let me do a video.'

The comic praised the youngster for his bravery and told him: 'it's such an achievement in your life - if you can overcome challenges like this there's no limit to what you can achieve.

'Remember me saying this you beautiful, beautiful clever boy.'

The condition had left the Beeston Hall pupil with two bones growing out of his ankle and caused one leg to be 5cm shorter than the other.

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Mrs Taylor added: 'He had so much discomfort, including back and hip pains. He couldn't play sport and had to use crutches.'

Toby and his mum have an appointment to discuss a prosthetic limb in three weeks time and despite having the operation on Friday at 3.30pm the strong-willed youngster was discharged at 5pm on Saturday afternoon.

His school even organised a 'brilliant brave new world' party for the year four pupil before his operation with games and cakes.

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