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Missing coma-fear boy found

Police have found a 10-year-old boy with a rare medical condition who went missing today, prompting fears he may have fallen into a coma.

Scotland Yard issued an urgent appeal to trace Malakhi Chijiutomi-Ghosh, who suffers from adrenal hyperplasia and requires medication three times a day.

He left his home in Thornton Heath, south London, at 6am and was last seen at a bus stop in nearby Streatham Common around two hours later.

A police spokesman said the youngster had been found by an off-duty police officer in Hertfordshire and taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.

After he went missing, police said they were "extremely concerned" for the safety of Malakhi, who left home without a mobile phone, cash or Oyster card.

Scotland Yard warned there was a "real chance" he may have fallen into a coma had he not been found.

Chief Superintendent Andy Tarrant said Malakhi's family were "absolutely distraught" following his disappearance, while the boy's father, jazz clarinettist and composer Arun Ghosh, used Twitter to ask for help finding his son.

Congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) means the body is missing a chemical substance which stimulates the adrenal glands to release the cortisol hormone.

People with the condition are less able to cope with emotional and physical stress and it can be life-threatening, the NHS said.

The condition makes the level of male hormones increase, causing puberty to appear early in boys. Symptoms include heart rhythm abnormalities, dehydration and vomiting.

CAH affects between one in 10,000 and one in 18,000 children born each year.


From Belfast Telegraph