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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Return Jamie's jersey, begs dad of tumour boy

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Jamie King
Jamie King

A DUBLIN dad has made an emotional plea for the return of a signed Manchester United jersey to his young son who is battling a brain tumour.

Heartless raiders ransacked the family home in Knocklyon earlier this week.

Barry King (36) said he got in at 6pm on Wednesday to find the house in the Woodstown Estate had been "turned upside down".

Mr King said the damage and destruction he discovered were nothing compared with the look on 13-year-old Jamie's face when he learned his prize jersey had been taken.

Soccer-mad Jamie King was "devastated" when his sporting memorabilia, iPad, iPhone, Beats speakers, earphones and even his piggy bank were taken.

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.

gruelling

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.

"We couldn't let Jamie see the devastation of what I came home to," said Mr King.

"His body no longer produces a number of hormones such as adrenaline. If he gets a shock it could send him into multiple organ failure."

Jamie, who plays for Knocklyon United, went next door to a neighbour's house while his parents made an attempt to clean up the house, but when he arrived back he was told his jersey had been taken.

"We're devastated and traumatised by this," said Mr King. "After everything he's been through, this is just gut-wrenching. Please return Jamie's shirt."

The jersey was signed by the 2013 team after their champions league semi-final defeat to Barcelona.

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