People from all over the world are posting birthday cards to a man who is losing his sight after his family launched a campaign.
Dominic Skeen, from Rowlands Gill, was born seven weeks early. He had his first operation at 25 days old and spent his first weeks in Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.
His mother Lisa was told he may never walk or talk. His sister Bethany Dodgson said "he really has defied the odds".
Despite being diagnosed with autism, bone infection osteomyelitis, hyper extensible joints, and sight loss, Dominic is determined to enjoy turning 21.
Bethany wants to make sure Dominic has a special birthday and is appealing for people to send birthday cards. With his 21st birthday fast approaching on 10 July, cards have already arrived from Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy, New Zealand and America.
How to send a card
- Facebook page 'Cards for Dom'
- Twitter #CardsforDom