MESSAGES from his heroes was just the tonic for Kelty Hearts superfan Luke Martin after an operation last week.

The Kelty Hearts primary pupil was "buzzing" after several players sent messages – and even visited – the youngster who suffers from Merosin Deficient Congenital Muscular Dystrophy.

Following a Twitter message from dad Stevie asking the club for messages to rally his young superstar, former boss Kevin Thomson sent a video from holiday in Turkey while Joe Cardle and Garry Leighton also sent well-wishes and Dougie Hill popped into the Sick Kids' hospital in Edinburgh to see how the 11 year-old was doing.

Stevie said he was delighted – but unsurprised – at the response from the club.

"He was buzzing," said Stevie.

"He is a big Kelty Hearts fan – it has been in our family. My dad was involved with the club from the very start and we are season ticket holders."

Luke had spent the week in hospital getting a feeding tube in but was able to come home on Friday.

"He is doing ok but it is a big change for him," added Stevie.

"He was in to get a feeding tube in as he is not putting enough weight on and he is due to have an operation on his back later in the year.

"He is an absolute superstar. He just gets on with stuff but this is a big change for him."

In his video to Luke, former Kelty Hearts boss Thomson said: "I just wanted to send you a video message all the way from Turkey; on a wee family holiday, that's why my face is a bit browner than it normally is, or hopefully it is.

"I just wanted to wish you well mate. I know I'm not at Kelty anymore, but I remember meeting you.

"You're a brave wee soul, a terrific young man and inspiration to us all.

"Good luck mate. Stay safe, and keep looking after mum and dad."