THE family of an autistic boy from Solihull are brimming with pride after he was given the responsibility of helping to deliver a new born lamb.
Liam Sandford, who has no speech, cannot read or write and needs round the clock care, has amazed teachers and family members by taking the driving seat during the lamb’s birth while he was on work experience.
The 17-year-old, who goes to a residential school in Rugeley during the week, has been undertaking work experience at a local farm once a week.
On April 9, he assisted with the birth of a lamb, where he was also entrusted with administering iodine to its umbilical cord and antibiotics to its mouth.
“I was overjoyed when I got the phone call from the school to tell me what Liam had done,” proud mum Christina said.
“I am so proud of him and he has shown how calm and caring he can be. For me, this is the best thing he has done so far in his life - the fact that he was given this responsibility is amazing.
“It’s a credit to the school and residential staff who worked so hard to help the children to live a normal life.
“Liam is usually in his own little world but he really looks as if he has engaged with this and taken on the responsibility.
“This is a massive achievement for Liam and it just goes to show you can achieve anything if you have the right people behind you.”
Staff at Rugeley Horizon School have described Liam as a ‘natural born farmer.’