Belfast Telegraph

Sports stars salute Blake as he faces a life-saving op

By Claire McNeilly

A little boy who uses a wheelchair and cannot eat or drink because of a rare genetic disorder is due to get a special send-off from his favourite ice hockey team ahead of life-saving surgery.

Blake McCaughey from Tandragee attends every Belfast Giants home game.

He lives with a rare chromosome deletion that means he cannot eat or drink. He is fed by a tube and has to use a wheelchair due to weakened muscles.

And now Blake, who is nine, is facing surgery to replace a valve and is scheduled to undergo open heart surgery on May 4 in London.

The Belfast Giants are preparing a special send-off for him when they take on Sheffield Steelers tonight. The Co Armagh youngster will also lead Giants' captain Adam Keefe and the rest of the team around the ice during their end of game salute.

'Blake's Box' will be available for people at the SSE Arena tonight to leave cards or good luck messages.

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