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Boy's dream to swim with Winter the dolphin comes true

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CLEARWATER (FOX 13) -

Show me a kid and I'll show you a Winter the dolphin fan.

Winter, the dolphin with the prosthetic tail and subject of the hit film Dolphin Tale, is a children's favorite for sure.

She's been an inspiration for several children and adults who have lost limbs.

There's a good chance no kid identifies with Winter more than 8-year-old Cieran Kelso of England.

"She was rescued 2006 wasn't she? My legs were cut off in 2006," said Kelso.

While Winter was actually rescued in 2005, Cieran's journey started in 2006.

That's when he contracted meningitis at just 13 months old just days after he learned to walk.

Kelso lost both legs below the knee and most of his finger tips were lost.

The young man eventually got prosthetic legs and because he loves swimming special flippers.

His dad got the idea for the flippers after seeing Dolphin Tale.

Last month, his parents gave the little boy the surprise of his life on a flight to the U-S.

They kept the secret for a year while planning the trip to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

Once there, Cieran strapped on his flippers, and had an experience that once only lived in his dreams.

"It was just emotional to be swimming with a dolphin, I love dolphins but the best dolphin I've ever loved is Winter," said Kelso.

It was also emotional for his parents.

"There's not words, how can you ever, ever beat this for a little boy at eight to swam with a dolphin that he's seen in a movie who he processes as the same as himself," said Cieran's stepmother Gemma Burnett.

 "There's some pretty raw feelings that go into seeing Cieran swim with a dolphin. It's just a dream come true, not only for Cieran but for all of us." said Cieran's father Gary Kelso.

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