A little boy who was rushed to hospital unable to walk has become a charity fun runner following successful treatment at Alder Hey He was struck down by a rare condition ran his first 1km race less than six months after leaving hospital raising £300 for Alder Hey.
Harley Margerison, who's five, from Speke was admitted to Alder Hey in December just days before Christmas after a sore throat quickly developed into a condition, which prevented him from walking and talking.
The family took him straight to A&E where he underwent brain scans, blood tests and an MRI, while medics worked through a process of elimination eventually determining Harley was suffering from Sydenham’s Chorea.
Sydenham’sChorea only affects a small number of children in the UK each year - usually girlsover five - it is extremely rare for a boy to be affected.
The condition is caused by a germ called streptococcus and often develops from a sore throat. The bacterium affects the area of the brain which controls movement, symptoms include a lack of coordination and balance causing jerking and falling.
After a course of antibiotics Harley was discharged on New Year’s Eve and was referred to the speech and language therapy and physiotherapy teams to help get him back on track.
He returned to school in January, but after a tumble in the classroom was brought back to hospital the day before his fifth birthday.
The infection also affected Harley’s heart causing him to develop a heart murmur and mitral regurgitation, where there is a leakage of blood backwards through the mitral valve each time the left ventricle in the heart contracts.
Harleywill need to take anti-biotics until he is 18 to ensure the infection doesn’treturn.
But despite his ongoing treatment Harley jumped at the chance to take part in the Liverpool Spring 1k run and raise funds for the doctors that had helped him, with the support of his big brother Joseph.
Harley has already completed his second 1km race for charity and is planning on taking part in his third race.