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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Brigham dad does charity run for son Kane

A High Brigham man is in training for next month’s Great North Run to say thank you to the charity that has helped his son lead a normal life.

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GREAT NORTH RUNNER: Paul Wren, of High Brigham, with his son Kane, who is deaf

Kane Wren, who is now four, is deaf and wears two hearing aids.

The St Bridget’s Primary School pupil was diagnosed with moderate hearing loss when he was three months old and doctors believe it was caused by a lack of oxygen in the womb.

His father Paul, 41, will attempt the Newcastle half-marathon for the National Deaf Children’s Society, which funded initial tests at the West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven.

Mr Wren said: “We nearly lost Kane. He had a very traumatic start and was rushed to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, where he stayed for six days in intensive care before being moved back to Whitehaven.

“The charity is so important because it has helped Kane to live a normal life like everyone else.

“They have also helped us to understand his condition better. They have sent us away on seminars and they have sent us information that we can give to his teachers and swimming teachers. They are a really worthy cause.”

He will be cheered on by his wife Lorna, 44, daughter Niamh, seven, and Kane when he runs the 13.1-mile course on September 7.

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