FOOTBALL-mad Adam Brombley was surprised to see a Pompey legend turn up at hospital to see him.
The 14-year-old was diagnosed with a tumour in his heart and chest last year.
He has been a patient at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham where he gets help from on-site teacher Emma Scargott.
And when she learnt that Adam was a massive Pompey fan, she organised a surprise visit from ex-keeper Alan Knight, nicknamed Legend after his long service with the Blues.
Adam, of Emsworth, said: ‘This was such a surprise and I’m grateful to Emma and the club for thinking of me and coming down and presenting me with this memorabilia. I have always been a huge fan of the club so this means a lot.’
Mr Knight presented Adam with a club ball in glass case and a signed shirt.
He said ‘As soon as we heard about Adam we wanted to come down and meet him personally, and we hope that Adam will come down and watch a match in the new season and meet the players.’
Before being diagnosed with a tumour, Adam had chest pains, shortness of breath and a fast heartrate, but doctors initially thought the symptoms were from his asthma. However a chest X-ray discovered a problem, and further tests found he had a fast-growing tumour which was measured as the size of a melon. He started receiving chemotherapy and is often in-and-out of Southampton General Hospital and QA.
Emma said: ‘Educating a child in hospital is more of a challenge than a traditional school as you don’t know the child or their educational background.
‘The hospital stay will also be a change to their life and it may be the first time they have been separated from their family and friends.
‘The child’s stay could be the result of a traumatic incident, or be the onset of a condition that will impact on their future.
‘In addition I will be asking them to complete school work in between what could be invasive and painful procedures.
‘So it’s important that I connect with the child and build a friendship with them.’