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Balloons released to raise awareness of rare condition

Balloons were released at a school in Dalston. Credit: ITV Border

Hundreds of balloons have been released in Dalston to raise awareness of a rare condition, which affects just one in one million people.

Moyamoya is caused by blocked arteries at the base of the brain, and can lead to strokes and seizures.

Andrew Pattinson was recently diagnosed with it and says it's vital more people, especially health professionals, know about the condition.

It's often misdiagnosed because it's so rare, not very many doctors have heard about it or looked into it as part of their education.

So this is just to bring some attention to it in the news and anywhere, just so that we can try and get it out there.

– Andrew Pattinson