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FIREBALL BOY IS A MIRACLE; Teenager recovering from ordeal.

DOCTORS treating a teenager who was badly burned when a dangerous stunt turned him into a human fireball have dubbed him 'miracle boy'.

Ceri Pritchard, 15, from Porth, was left fighting for his life after he received 30 per cent burns when he jumped over lighted cans of cleaning fluid, one of which exploded.

The Porth County pupil, pictured, has had to undergo operations but has made such good progress he has been moved out of intensive care and onto the children's ward at Morriston Hospital in Swansea.

His uncle Colin Pritchard, a firefighter in Barry, said: 'He's recovered very well. Doctors are calling him 'miracle kid' - they can't get over him.

'Last week we weren't 100 per cent sure he would make it and we were told he'd be in for months but he's out of intensive care. He is up walking and hasn't stopped talking. He's making the nurses laugh.

'Ceri's had skin graphs, and he has some quite horrific injuries.

'He knows he nearly died and is determined nobody should go through the same.

'He's doing absolutely brilliant and the family would like to thank everyone who has helped Ceri, especially Morriston Hospital.

'I thought we do a good job in the fire service but when you see what they do it's just amazing.'

Last week police arrested three youths who were released on police bail in connection with the burglary of the Old Lewis Merthyr Working Men's Club shortly before the fire.
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