HELP NEEDED: A fundraising page has been set up for Jack Viellaris after he was diagnosed with Perthes disease.
HELP NEEDED: A fundraising page has been set up for Jack Viellaris after he was diagnosed with Perthes disease. Inga Williams

Brave boy needs our help to fight rare bone disease

IN THE space of two months, a Springfield family has had its whole world turned upside down.

Damon Viellaris and wife Haylee Jones have been caring for son, Jack, who has been dealt a devastating blow.

Once a vibrant and energetic little boy who loved to play football and dance, the six-year-old is now confined to either crutches or a wheelchair to help him move around after being diagnosed with Perthes' disease, a disorder that affects the hip joint.

The disease affects the blood supply to the growth centre of the hip, causing the bone in the area to die.

Ms Jones said the disease had crept into their family with few warning signs.

"Jack came to me one Sunday and complained about having a sore knee bone but I just thought it was growing pains," she said.

Over the next few days, Jack detereorated to the point where his leg began to poke out of the side of his body when he walked.

If the disease continues to worsen, he might need a hip replacement.

To help ease the financial pressure, a fundraising page has been set up by one of their family members. A goal of $16,000 has been set to assist the family with purchasing a wheelchair and installing ramps at their home.

If you would like to assist the family, go to mycause.com.au


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