When Jak Milligan takes to the stage at the last ever Strictly fundraising extravaganza in the Easterbrook Hall, it will be a sight his delighted parents feared they would never see.
But Keith and Julie will be looking on with pride as the nine-year-old performs a dance routine with sister Abbie, seven.
And on the final Saturday night, they’ll be joined by other members of the family to cheer on the children as it will be two years to the day since Jak underwent a double brain operation at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.
Thanks to that surgery, the Dumfries youngster is now living an independent, happy life with a freedom that the family never thought possible.
Jak, who has intractable epilepsy, had endured up to 40 seizures a day since he was only three-years-old but has been free of seizures following the complex procedure.