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Youngster is fighting back after op

PUBLISHED: 07:12 02 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:58 03 March 2010

A YOUNG football fan is recovering in hospital today after having his second hip smashed and realigned to counter a bone disease.

Eleven-year-old Michael Browes who has always struggled to walk because his bones failed to develop properly, had his left hip operated on at Ipswich Hospital in September and is now in traction after his right hip was corrected this month.

A YOUNG football fan is recovering in hospital today after having his second hip smashed and realigned to counter a bone disease.

Eleven-year-old Michael Browes who has always struggled to walk because his bones failed to develop properly, had his left hip operated on at Ipswich Hospital in September and is now in traction after his right hip was corrected this month.

His mum Tracey Aldred said that although he needed a blood transfusion after the second op the procedure had actually helped him recover faster.

She said: "He lost three-and-a-half pints of blood and had to have a blood transfusion which helped a lot.

"He actually looked better and had more colour in his cheeks after that, than he did after the first operation."

Michael, who has decorated his hospital bed with blue and white streamers was delighted when the Evening Star arranged for him to meet Ipswich Town heroes at their training session.

In September, star player Alun Armstrong presented him with two pairs of specially-made football boots which will fit his club feet.

The Stoke High School pupil is hoping to return to his Station Street home a few days before Christmas, if all goes well.

Although he won't be able to walk by that stage, his family is looking forward to having him home for the festivities.


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