Four-year-old Sean Cheung Kar-tung was doodling on his father's palm with a pen. 'Oh, now you're writing a cheque to me! I wish I could receive what you have guaranteed me in this cheque,' said Willson Cheung Chun-chin, 41. The 'cheque' was Sean's New Year wish list. 'I want to learn how to walk, how to write, to drive a car and a plane,' said Sean. Simple wishes, but a far-off dream for Sean, who was three months' premature and diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 12 months. 'Whenever Sean is asked when he will start walking, he says December 13, because his birthday falls on December 14. And we always are looking forward to that day,' his mother, Mabel Lam Man-kit, said. 'The nurse said he will never be able to write because his arms are too weak, but we are still optimistic. He likes drawing a lot.' She said they are grateful for what they have, as things could have been worse. Sean's lungs were functioning poorly and important blood vessels were not fully developed when he was born. He could have been blind, mute, deaf or severely retarded. 'The doctor said he might be mentally retarded because his brain cells were damaged during labour, he could be blind as the blood vessels connecting his eyes were not yet ready, so were those connecting his heart ... all we had was bad news and more bad news,' Ms Lam said. 'It was nightmarish. I couldn't sleep worrying the hospital might call up and break more bad news.' But the self-pity was brief. When Sean was one year old, Ms Lam took him to Guangzhou for three months because she'd heard a famous Chinese medicine practitioner there could improve his condition with acupuncture. 'Taking care of Sean by myself in Guangzhou was arduous. My husband had to stay in Hong Kong to take care of our daughter,' Ms Lam recalled. There have been frequent visits to specialists and even an alchemist. Ms Lam said it was a miracle and God's blessing that Sean was now no different from other children apart from symptoms of cerebral palsy. He has learned to sit, can grip with his hands and can feed himself. 'He is an angel that God sent to us. He has some limitations, but he has precious virtues that children at his age may not have - he is caring and considerate. We are so proud of him,' said Ms Lam.