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Gift is a tribute to Brandon.

A grieving mother has told of her delight after her son's schoolpals made sure he will never be forgotten.

Pupils and parents at Washington's Oxclose Primary School have bought an X-box to go to a hospital which helped care for Brandon Kennedy before he died at the age of eight, waiting for a second liver transplant.

His mother, Katrina, 25, of Coach Road, Washington ( with four-month-old daughter Kaitlyn, sister Kayly, 20, and her daughter, 10-month-old Paris ( was presented with the computer console and software at the school.

The X-box will be presented to Ward Seven, for kidney patients, at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.

The family have also raised money for a second console for the children's outpatient ward.

Brandon spent several weeks in Ward Seven and visited the children's ward for treatment before he was taken to the Princess Diana Children's Hospital in Birmingham, where he died on March 1 after illness led to the cancellation of his second liver transplant. He was born with an ectopic bladder ( outside his body ( and at just one day old had a 10-hour operation.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 12, 2006
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