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Cornish Schoolboy Fighting Rare Blood Disorder

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6:01am 12th April 2013

The family of a Tywardreath schoolboy diagnosed with a serious blood disorder - say his "whole life has come to a standstill".

AJ Kirwan is unable to even fight off a cold and is facing weeks of chemotherapy.

Brother Jason says the ten year old had to stop going to school: "It's even harder to look at him because you would think there's nothing wrong with him at all.

"He's had to stop all of his tae kwon do, which he was really good at, he's had to stop his football. He's had to stop seeing his friends. He can't go out and play.

"It's devastating really. You just don't expect it to happen to someone you know. It hasn't sunk in yet really.

"You can go days and be alright then it hits you again - the poor mite's seriously poorly really."

His family realised something was wrong when they spotted bruises appearing on his body.

Tests revealed that he is fighting a rare blood infection that belongs to the same family as leukaemia.

Doctors think he will need six weeks of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant.

On April 27th-28th Wingz Bird and Animal Sanctuary in Par is holding a weekend of fundraising to help AJ and his family.

6:01am 12th April 2013

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