A BRAVE little boy who was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder has been nominated for an Express Champion Children award.
Eight-year-old Matthew Pearson has von Willerbrand’s disease which means his blood does not clot properly, causing internal bleeding and severe swelling if he knocks himself.
His proud mum, Lyndsey Pearson, 28, of Newstead Avenue, Fitzwilliam, who nominated Matthew, said: “He is just such a brave little boy and takes everything in his stride.
“He is an exceptional son and big brother to our other son Ethan. We are so glad to have him in our family and to us, he is our champion.”
The Fitzwillam Primary school pupil requires regular injections to disperse the blood and reduce the swelling.
But sometimes Matthew’s condition is so bad, he has to use a wheelchair because walking is so painful. And he has to be extra careful which means he cannot play games like football or rugby.
His parents realised something was not right when he was three, when he would bruise at the lightest of knocks. He was diagnosed at Pontefract Hospital.
Mrs Pearson said: “It was such a big shock to him but has such an amazing positive attitude about it and just accepts that all of the bruises and scars he has are part of him.”
Matthew also has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome - a lack of collagen in the skin, which causes his joints to dislocate and could cause internal bleeding.
Mrs Pearson said: “To me and his dad, Matthew is the bravest little boy in the world.”
The Express Champion Children awards recognise brave, strong and kind children. If you know a child who deserves recognition, you can nominate them for an award.
All of the children put forward are winners in our eyes. They will be invited, along with members of their family, to attend an awards ceremony at Theatre Royal Wakefield on Friday, December 9, which will be followed by a buffet lunch and a performance of Aladdin.
All you have to do is send a letter explaining what makes your nominated child a champion. Include your name, address and daytime telephone number and contact details for the child’s family if they are different. Send your nomination to Rebecca Whittington by e-mailing rebecca.whittington@ pandcexpress.co.uk or by writing to Express Champion Children, 1 Front Street, Pontefract, WF8 1BL. Nominations must be received by November 7.