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PUBLISHED: 17:23 07 May 2008 | UPDATED: 09:49 11 August 2010

Aiden White

Aiden White

DISASTER STRUCK a young family when a mystery illness nearly killed their toddler and left them close to financial ruin. Miracle child Aiden White, of Brittain Road, Dagenham, was only 19 months old when he survived a life-endangering infection of the bra

DISASTER STRUCK a young family when a mystery illness nearly killed their toddler and left them close to financial ruin.

Miracle child Aiden White, of Brittain Road, Dagenham, was only 19 months old when he survived a life-endangering infection of the brain, viral encephalitis, which left him fighting for his life.

Now he can barely move because he is seriously brain-damaged.

He needs expensive treatment which his parents cannot afford because they could not

work while he was in hospital.

Aiden woke up fitting on January 22 and was taken into hospital intensive care.

His dad, Mik White, 25, said: "It was horrific. I thought he was going to die."

"We were told that if he would not improve they were going to switch off the ventilator."

Little Treasures charity worker Lorraine Berkoff, 44, of Gants Hill, who has been working closely with the Whites, said: "It's a very rare viral infection that starts with high fever and causes swelling of the brain. Aiden had one of the worst strains of the virus."

Two out of three children die from the disease.

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