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'He didn't have a drop of his own blood': Boy, eight, contracts a rare disorder that means he relies on constant transfusions to stay alive

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 5 days ago Kelsey Wilkie

A young boy saw his life suddenly change when he contracted an extremely rare disorder that means he has been forced to rely on constant blood transfusions to survive.

Josh Thew went from being a happy, healthy seven-year-old to being stuck in a hospital bed almost overnight in September 2018.

His mother, Hannah Thew first noticed strange bruises on his legs and took him to their GP for a check up.

A blood test revealed the little boy from Camden, south-west of Sydney, was suffering from aplastic anaemia, which meant he had stopped making enough blood cells to stay alive.

Josh Thew went from being a happy, healthy seven-year-old to being stuck in a hospital bed almost overnight © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Josh Thew went from being a happy, healthy seven-year-old to being stuck in a hospital bed almost overnight

Aplastic anemia is a rare disorder that is usually passed on genetically or rare cases acquired.

Doctors have no idea how Josh 'acquired' the disorder.

The soccer-loving boy taken out of school and forced to depend on blood transfusions to stay alive.

'His body was not making any of its own blood cells. So he was getting platelet transfusions at least every week. And then red blood cells were done every two-to-four weeks,' Mrs Thew told Nine News.

'He didn't have a drop of his own blood running through his veins.'

Josh has had to live in almost complete isolation as his immune system was so low.

a group of people posing for the camera: Josh Thew (pictured with parents Hannah and Rob, and brothers Charlie (centre left) and Harvey) has had to live in almost complete isolation as his immune system was so low © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Josh Thew (pictured with parents Hannah and Rob, and brothers Charlie (centre left) and Harvey) has had to live in almost complete isolation as his immune system was so low

His condition also put him at risk of internal bleeding from a slight tumble.

After two rounds of immunosuppressive therapy his condition has been improving, his mother said.

The past seven months have been hard on Josh, his mother said, as he has missed his friends.

Josh was recently able to return to school part-time, which has been great as he has missed his friends, Ms Thew said.

What is  Aplastic anemia?

Aplastic anaemia is a rare disorder where the bone marrow fails to produce enough blood cells

Without adequate numbers of blood cells people with aplastic anaemia can become anaemic and more susceptible to infections

Patients will bleed and bruise more easily 

Source: Australia Leukemia Foundation 

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