Mum’s heartbreak at having to ban her five-year-old daughter from playing with her friends

"An energetic little girl has been told she can no longer play with her friends – because one small cut or bruise could kill her.

Skyla Budding, from Merthyr Tydfil, suffers with a rare disorder called idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) which means her blood doesn’t clot and leads to excessive bleeding.

Her mum Sarah Markham says she’s had no choice but to stop the active five-year-old from enjoying some of her favourite hobbies.

“It was really important that Skyla didn’t do anything that would cause her to bruise or to cut herself,” she explained.

“So even when we weren’t in hospital having treatment, she still couldn’t do any of the things that she loves to do like riding on her bike or jumping on the trampoline."

- By Hayley Richardson,  Photo courtesy Sarah Markham.

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