Watch as tiny Hibs fan at Edinburgh Sick Kids learns to say 'go Hibees' before footballers make surprise Christmas visit

A tiny Hibs fan has appeared in a very cute video in which he learns to say the words "Go Hibees."

Thursday, 12th December 2019, 6:00 am
Updated Thursday, 12th December 2019, 7:11 am

Two-year-old Noah Kerr was among the children visited by Hibs players and coach Jack Ross at the Sick Kids Hospital on Tuesday.

His mum, Rachael Patey, said Noah left the players laughing after shouting out 'go Hibees' to them after recognising the club's logo.

The video shows him learning to say the words before they arrive.

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Little Noah learns to say "go Hibees" before the Hibs players and manager arrive at the Edinburgh Sick Kids Hospital.
Little Noah learns to say "go Hibees" before the Hibs players and manager arrive at the Edinburgh Sick Kids Hospital.

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Noah's Story

Noah was born nine weeks with Tracheoesophageal Fistula which meant he couldn’t swallow.

He had three operations over the first 48 hours of his life and spent his first Christmas in hospital.

Then, five days after being allowed home, he was almost suffocated after the straps on his car seat squashed his chin towards his chest and constricted his airway.

His father successfully resuscitated him and received Parent of the Year at the Local Hero Awards.

Noah’s parents hoped the toddler’s second year would be easier but 2019 has been equally difficult for the brave wee boy, including six operations, three of which were in the last five months.

These operations have caused Noah to spend much of his short life in the Sick Kids, including his first two Christmases.

Mum Rachael, a charity worker, said that despite everything her son is a “happy wee boy” and you would “never know everything he’s been through.”

But she added that it can be difficult to spend so much time away from home, especially during the festive season.

She said: “It isn’t ideal so spend Christmas away from home, but Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity (ECHC) have made it so much easier. It feels like our home away from home.

“It’s pretty incredible, they always seem to have something on, every day in the lead up to Christmas there is a different event for the wee ones to get involved with.”

'Special' Hibs visit

She added that there was something “particularly special” about the Hibs visit.

She said: “Our family all support Hibs and being able to meet the team was a great moment for all of us.”

“It was lovely that the team really seemed to want to be there. Sometimes when you meet famous people you can tell they are just there for appearances but with the team, you could tell they were genuinely interested and actually cared.

“It was just a really nice day for us all to spend time together.”

Thankfully Noah is now in a stable condition and the family of three are looking forward to celebrating their first Christmas together at their home in Straiton.

Rachael said: “Noah is a chatty wee boy and comes out with some hilarious one-liners.”

And while the worried parents still do not know what Noah’s future holds, mum said he “seems absolutely perfect” and they are focusing on having a happy Christmas at home.

Discussing the day’s activity Jack Ross said: “I’d like to thank Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity for helping to make Christmas magical and the staff at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children for the work that they do on a daily basis. They’re an inspiration to us all.”

“I’ve only recently joined the club but I was made aware very quickly what a special date this is in the calendar for everyone involved and we were only too happy to come along.

“While Christmas is obviously a special time of the year it can also be a difficult period for so many so we’ll do anything we can do put a few smiles on faces.”

The visit was organised by Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity, which makes Christmas magical for those visiting the hospital.