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Saturday 30 August 2014

Garda escort to Johnny's party

Published 06/08/2013 | 05:34

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Johnny Murphy, who suffers from gastroparasis.

Balllymurn boy Johnny Murphy got a garda escort to his 3rd birthday in the Riverside Park Hotel on Sunday.

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Traffic corps officers arrived at his house to present him with a hat and jacket before leading the way to the party attended by 200 family, friends and neighbours.

The special event was organised by Share a Dream Foundation and featured a cake made from playdoh as Johnny is unable to eat.

He suffers from gastroparasis, a condition which causes paralysis of the stomach and bowel, and he can only be fed through a tube.

He is currently receiving treatment at Great Ormonde Street Hospital in London where he attends regularly with his parents Sabrina and John.

'It was a fantastic day. We were blown away by it,' said Sabrina.

Buzz and Woody, Johnny's favourite characters from the film Toy Story, presented him with his birthday cake.

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