13th October 2019
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Back to school for brave James – just for a day

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Young James Hawick went back to school at South Nesting Primary on Wednesday, the first time for nearly a year.

Back to school: James Hawick saw his classmates for the first time since having bone marrow treatment. Photo: Ivan Hawick

Back to school: James Hawick saw his classmates for the first time since having bone marrow treatment. Photo: Ivan Hawick

Seven-year-old James has been suffering from a rare blood disorder, aplastic anaemia, and had been in hospital for the last year, six months in Aberdeen and six months at Yorkhill in Glasgow.

The entire Hawick family has also upped sticks during that time and has been living in special support accommodation at the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital and near the Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill.

That has enabled James’s father Ivan or mother Catherine to be with him in the ward while the other is with James’s brother five-year-old Joeney in the family accommodation.

James, who had a bone marrow transplant in January, was delighted to see his classmates, most of whom he has never seen in his time away south being treated.

James’s condition means his immune system is “almost totally compromised”, said Mr Hawick, so only his six P2 classmates were allowed into the room to see him.

James will only return to normal schooling in time once his blood count is back up. He will be on anti-rejection drugs till at least the end of the year. Plans are meanwhile being drawn up for him to be schooled at home by visiting teachers once the term starts.

Mr Hawick, a well-known photographer, said that it had been a “long old year” and one that he would not like to repeat.

The full story is included in The Shetland Times, 26th June.


About Peter Johnson

Reporter for The Shetland Times. I have also worked as an employed and freelance reporter and editor for a variety of print and broadcast media outlets and as as a freelance photographer and film maker/cameraman. In addition to journalism, I have experience in construction, oil analysis, aquaculture, fisheries, the health service and oral history.

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  1. iantinkler

    Really great news. God speed James, our thoughts with you and yours. Ian T and Susan Wood T.

  2. Irene Keldie

    Well done James you brave boy, you will be so glad to be back with your friends. Well done to your Mum and Dad and the rest of the family too, sure it has been a long haul for every body! x

  3. Haydn Gear

    What a “cheeky” smile James has ! And what a brave little fella. I have a grandson of the same name and, whilst I hope that he will remain free of illness, I would also hope that he would display the same level of grit as his namesake in Shetland. Good luck to him and his family.They are to be applauded and admired.


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