Luke Haughey recovered from Perthe's disease to play rugby
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Sportkids: Overcoming illness for sport

21 December 2012 Last updated at 00:16 GMT

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.