The parents of a terminally ill boy, once cradled by Prince Harry during a hospital visit, have released moving footage of his reaction to an Ed Sheeran song.

Ollie Carroll's plight became headline news and touched the nation earlier this year in May when a striking image emerged of the six-year-old being hugged by the Prince, reported The Daily Mail.

The pair first met at a prestigious awards ceremony in October 2016, where Ollie scooped the gong for the inspirational child category.

Heartbreaking new footage has now been posted online of the boy shedding a tear as he listened to Sheeran's new tune Perfect which is currently the UK's Christmas number one song.


Ollie, of Poynton, Cheshire, was undergoing a brain infusion at Great Ormond Street Hospital for his rare genetic condition when the touching video was taken.

He and his four-year-old sister Amelia suffer from Battens disease, which has no cure. Their condition means the siblings are unlikely to live past the age of 12.

Ollie Carroll sheds a tear as he listened to Ed Sheeran's new tune 'Perfect'. Photo / Facebook
Ollie Carroll sheds a tear as he listened to Ed Sheeran's new tune 'Perfect'. Photo / Facebook

Ollie, a massive fan of Sheeran, is no longer able to sing along to his favourite songs as the fatal disease has robbed him of his ability to speak.

He was able to meet the British superstar, who has more than 20 million followers on Twitter, when they cuddled backstage at Sheeran's concert in Manchester in April.

His mother, Lucy, posted the emotional clip on Ollie's Facebook page, called "Ollie's Army Battling Against Battens", which has 17,000 likes.

She told MirrorOnline: "It was very emotional. Ollie really responds to music. We often play Ed Sheeran songs for him."

Ollie's aunt, Emily, wrote on Facebook: "Ollie's mummy sent me this video of Ollie at Great Ormond Street today having his infusion.

"Please watch carefully what Ollie experiences in this video. Music impacts Ollie so much (he especially loves Ed).

"The fact Ollie responds to music lets us know that Ollie is aware of what is going on around him and a part of us believes he can still understand the words in the lyrics."

She added: "I hope this video touches your heart. It breaks ours. We are sure Ollie knows he has his Army and that lots of people care about him.

"Ollie's Army helps him experience new things and we know that Ollie responds to these. Please continue to support Ollie's Army for this brave little boy & his sister xx."

Supporters of the cause reacted with emotions. One user wrote: "Bless him. That little tear broke my heart."

Another said the "gorgeous" boy's tear also broke her heart, while a third described the clip as "touching" and revealed it made her "tear up".