Sportkids: Overcoming illness for sport
A boy from North Tyneside has overcome a rare, debilitating condition to play the sport he loves.
Luke Haughey, 11, was diagnosed with Perthes' disease when he was a toddler.
The condition causes deformity of the hip joint in children, and Luke's family feared he would never be able to fulfil his dream of becoming a professional rugby league player.
He received five years of intensive physiotherapy and has made a full recovery.
He now plays with Whitley Bay Barbarians Rugby League Club.
21 Dec 2012
- From the section Tyne & Wear