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Mystery donor pays for disabled Archie’s stolen respiratory machine

'I’ve been stunned by how nice they have been’, mother says

07 July, 2017 — By Emily Finch

Archie with his mother Sophie

A MYSTERY donor has stepped in to help pay for a severely disabled boy’s respiratory device after it was stolen last month.

As reported in the Tribune, widowed Sophie Perkins, 52, had mistaken- ly left her son Archie’s res- piratory device outside her home in Barnsbury after moving him inside from her car.

Archie, 13, relies on the Vest Airway Clearance System to breathe as it dis- lodges mucus from his lungs and prevents infec- tions.

He suffers from a severe form of bronchiectasis and mitochondrial disease which shortens life expectancy to early teens.

Archie still attends Richard Cloudesley Primary School in Whitecross Street, Finsbury, for up to four hours a day where he enjoys sensory classes.

Archie with the respiratory device that was stolen last month

Ms Perkins was left distraught when the vest wasn’t returned following our appeal and was worried about how to pay for a replacement.

The anonymous donor had initially offered to pay for the whole device worth just under £7,000 after reading about Archie in this newspaper, but Ms Perkins’ home insurance covered £4,000.

The donor then offered to pay the remaining amount, which Ms Perkins gratefully accepted.

She said: “I wouldn’t know how we would have managed without the donor, it’s been really fantastic.

“That’s very kind of someone to think of us; how lucky we are. Because of this I’ve felt more positive about this road and I think we’re more of a community than we realise.”

She said she was overwhelmed by the kindness she received following the article.

“People have been really nice. People who I don’t really know have said you’ve got a lot to do and they were discussing how to help me at their book group. I’ve been stunned by how nice people have been.”

Archie was loaned a vest by the device manufacturers until the end of July.

Of the new vest she said she was going to choose a pale blue colour to complement Archie’s blue
eyes and “make his eyes pop”.

She added: “His health is deteriorating and he is needing the machine more but we are very cheerful and trying to keep him well.”

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