Monday 26 September 2016

Thieves return items stolen from tumour patient Jamie (13)

Published 18/05/2015 | 10:58

Jamie King (13) from Knocklyon
Jamie King (13) pictured before he was diagnosed with a brain tumour in June 2014

THIEVES who broke into the home of a 13-year-old tumour patient have returned many of the items they stole.

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The raiders broke into Jamie King’s Knocklyon home  last week, stealing his prize signed Manchester United jersey.

Soccer-mad Jamie was said to be ‘devastated’ when he found out his jersey was stolen.

However after a public appeal by his parents, the thieves had a change of heart and returned the items.

His mother Claudine said: “Barry received a call from our neighbour this morning to say there was a bag left outside her doorstep in the middle of the night and it looked like it could be Jamie’s belongings.

“Nothing else was returned but we are delighted that Jamie has some of his gifts back.

She thanked everyone who shared the story on social media to raise awareness.

“Thank you so much for all the post sharing and for getting the word out there over the past few days.

“We have such amazing people in our lives. I was nervous about going public with Jamie’s story but I’m glad I did now as we would never have seen any of that stuff again. Every cloud.”

Jamie has been through a lot in the past year after he was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour.

Since last June he has had to undergo a number of painful operations, and the family had to relocate to Germany for a 10-week bout of proton radiation therapy.

Despite his gruelling treatment, Jamie still has about 20pc of the tumour as it cannot be removed fully because of where it is on the brain.

As well as having regular scans, Jamie will need treatment for the rest of his life after a number of complications caused by his condition.

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