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Ex-US President Bush goes bald to support leukaemia boy

Former US President George H W Bush shows support for Patrick in this 24 July 2013 handout photo from Maine
The newly dome-headed ex-president poses with the sick boy, Patrick

Former US President George H W Bush has shaved his head to show support for a boy who has leukaemia.

A Secret Service agent in his security detail has a two-year-old son who is losing his hair as a side-effect of treatment for the cancer.

The 89-year-old Republican lost his greying locks earlier this week at his coastal home in the state of Maine, said a spokesman on Wednesday.

Mr Bush acted after he saw other agents in his detail had shaved their heads.

A Bush spokesman identified the toddler only as Patrick.

Mr Bush and his wife, Barbara, lost their second child, four-year-old Robin, to leukaemia almost 60 years ago.

The security detail have launched a website to help pay for Patrick's medical treatment.

Mr Bush, whose son is former President George W Bush, was only himself released from hospital in January, two months after his admission for a bronchitis-related cough.

He was the 41st US president, and served one term in office, from 1989-1993.

Mr Bush's Secret Service security detail also reached for the clippers

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