Deaf boy's smile lights up the world and wins national competition

By Dave Speck in Local People

A Little boy from Finchley has won a national competition for his great big smile.

One-year-old Samuel Leckey is profoundly deaf and has complete kidney failure and was given just a five per cent chance of survival at birth.

But he never stops lighting up the lives of those around him with his “happy and infectious”smile, says grandma Alison Doherty.

She said: “Despite his disabilities and slower development due to the kidney issues and medication, he is such a happy boy with a very dirty laugh!”

Sammy won the national Nominate-a-Smile competition organised by dental health charity the Oral Health Foundation.

A charity spokesman said: “We visited Sammy, his mother and grandmother yesterday to surprise him with a cuddly soft panda and it soon became very apparent why his smile was nominated for this competition.

“Due to the medication Sammy is on, his teeth are also effected. But they are being well cared for, not only by his grandmother Alison who used to be a dental therapist, but also by his granddad who is a dentist, and mother who is a dental nurse!”

Throughout National Smile Month (in May), the charity will be selecting a winner each week and is seeking nominations either of someone who has done something amazing in the community, or gone above and beyond the call of duty for another person, or someone who simply brings a smile to everyone around them.

To enter the competition, send a picture of your nominee’s smile along with a brief description of why they deserve to be the next winner to pr@dentalhealth.org or alternatively, share a smile on Twitter and Facebook using #NominateASmile

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