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Desperate bid to send dying Lee, 8, to US for treatment

THE family of an eight-year-old boy with leukaemia have launched a desperate plea for help to fund experimental treatment they hope can save his life.

Lee Belgium, who lives in Lyde Green, was first diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in May 2016, when he was aged six. His mum, Clare Boxall, noticed he had developed a lot of bruising on his body, was feeling very tired and wouldn’t eat or drink. After calling the ambulance service, she was advised to perform a cup test on his skin and, after the bruises didn’t disappear, he was rushed to Bristol Children’s Hospital for a blood test.

The results came back later that night. Clare and Lee’s dad, Simon Belgium, were told that he had leukaemia and had only 24 hours to live if nothing was done quickly. Lee was put into a coma for nearly three weeks, during which time he had a stroke and two bleeds to the brain. 


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