Teenager Jonathan Potts is back at home - after life-saving surgery.
The 15-year-old sports fan underwent eight hours in the operating theatre to remove a tumour the size of a golf ball, pressing on his brain.
And he was delighted when his recuperation got a boost from two of his Huddersfield Giants heroes.
The youngster is finally home after eight weeks in hospital, and hoping he’ll be well enough for the Giants’ first home game of the season next month against Wigan Warriors.
His dad Richard said: “He’s very lucky.
“People thought his headaches and his tiredness weren’t something to worry about, but it turns out it was a tumour.
“It could have wrecked his sight, his speech, his mobility and even worse but now he’s on the mend.
“He’s having physiotherapy after weeks in bed and is having a home tutor until he is fit enough to go back to school.
“The Giants players were brilliant, and he also got a visit in hospital from top Super League referee Ben Thaler.
“It made his day; he played rugby for Moldgreen for four years and has been a Giants fan since he was six”.
Jonathan, a pupil at Shelley College, lives in Emley with mum Christina. He has an older brother Adam, 19, while dad Richard lives in Prirmose Hill.
Richard said; “It started early in November when he had headaches but was checked out by a doctor and by an optician who found nothing.
“ A few days later, he was feeling very tired which was unlike him but we thought it was a bug.
“Then the school rang and said his eyes were dilated and he was very unsteady. His mum pushed and pushed and got an ambulance to take him to Barnsley District Hospital, where they took scans.
“They sent those through to Sheffield Children’s Hospital and within hours, he was admitted there and waiting for surgery.
“They said he had a golf ball-sized tumour pressing on his brain.
“He was eight hours in theatre and then kept in intensive care, but he is now delighted to be home.
“£He wants to be able to walk into the John Smith’s Stadium from the car park for the Giants game, rather than using a wheelchair”.
Giants’ spokesman James Brammer said: “It was great news to find out that Jonathan was well enough to be at home for the surprise visit, originally scheduled for the Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
“Craig and Kyle presented the brave young man with some Giants gifts and spent time with him talking about rugby league and his continued progress. We hope that the visit will have gone some way to help him with his continued recovery and look forward to welcoming at our home opener against Wigan.”