A BRAVE boy battling an unknown illness has been hailed a “little fighter.”
Three-year-old Finlay Kennedy has been battling an undiagnosed immune system condition since he was born.
The youngster is constantly coping with colds, viruses and infections which his family say no amount of antibiotics can cure.
Doctors realised something was seriously wrong when he began to be admitted to hospital every few weeks.
But medics have been left baffled by his condition and – with no treatment available – they have prescribed weekly blood infusions which it is hoped will prevent long-term damage to his body caused by illnesses.
“He is just a little star,” said Finlay’s aunt Lyndsey Burn. “Considering what he has to go through he just gets on with it.
“He never moans, and amazes us all by how he takes it in his stride.”
The Penshaw youngster regularly has to recover from his lung collapsing due to infections, and some antibiotics no longer work, which is why he is having the blood infusions.
Lyndsey, 29, of Moorside, added: “The doctors haven’t said how those will pan out – it’s all trial and error. He will have them for the next two years to see if they work, then possibly for the rest of his life.”
Finlay’s parents, Leanne Burn, 27, and Fraser Kennedy, 41, of Penshaw, can find it exhausting dealing with his constant sickness.
“My sister Leanne gets to the point where she’s really tired,” said Lyndsey. “She has to take a lot of time off work.
“Like anyone when their child is sick she worries a lot, but just has to get on with it. Fraser is her support.”
Leanne, a mentor at Nissan, and Fraser, head of Sports Elite at Newcastle University, treat Finlay at home, administering the infusions.
“They keep the blood in a fridge and hook him up to a drip. He walks round with the bag for a couple of hours while it goes into his system. Finlay takes it all in his stride because he knows he has to do it.”
Doctors treating the three-year-old at Sunderland Royal Hospital continually monitor his health, and professors at the North East’s Regional Immunology and Allergy Unit, at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Newcastle, are trying to discover what the condition is.
His family say that while it is still unknown, the need for blood to keep treating Finlay, is vital.
“We want to raise awareness of undiagnosed conditions, and my sister wants everyone in the area to give blood,” said Lyndsey.
“Finlay’s story is so close to our hearts, all our family have started giving blood. We will move the earth to help him.”
Leanne, added: “My little boy is amazing, so all I want to do is to raise awareness, and I want everyone to start giving blood because it is so important. That’s all I want.”
DEVOTED aunt Lyndsey has organised an event to raise awareness of undiagnosed conditions, and the importance of giving blood.
It is set to take place on Saturday, November 23, at Lakeside Sports and Social Club, Gilley Law.
It’s hoped that the event, which will feature a 40 minute children’s drama production including, singing, dancing and acting, will also help raise £2,000 for North East’s Regional Immunology and Allergy Unit.
This will be given indirectly through the Bubble Foundation, which funds research into immunology, and for the Umbrella Fund, for research into red blood cells and transfusion.
There will also be a DJ and disco, as well as a raffle.
All the entertainment and prizes have been donated for free.
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