Birthday boy Max becomes screen star

Jaqui Braybrook's son Max who has leukaemia gets to go to the cinema for first time. Pictured holding a toy panda!
Jaqui Braybrook's son Max who has leukaemia gets to go to the cinema for first time. Pictured holding a toy panda!
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CINEMA bosses have been praised for giving a youngster a real-life birthday treat he will never forget.

Little Max Braybrook virtually lives in a world of his own as medicines given after a stem cell transplant affect his immune system, limiting him to his home, hospital and his grandparents house.

He’s become a great Disney fan, so mum Jaqui decided to see if she could pay for a private screening for his third birthday last Wednesday.

But in stepped managers of Cineworld in Bury St Edmunds who arranged a private early-morning viewing for the Lavenham family without any other members of the public present.

“We can’t really thank them enough. Max is Disney mad,” said Jaqui, who joined Max, dad Stephen, eldest sister Stephanie, 19, and boyfriend Tom, 20, younger sisters Chloe, 14, and Ella, 12, and grandparents Anne and Ken Raines, from Bury, to watch the animated cartoon Kung Fu Panda 2.

“Max was excited just by the parking of the car in the car park, the smell of the cinema and the popcorn. He stood up for about an hour-and-a-half, with his little face on the seat,” said Jaqui.

Max has to be kept apart from others as his immune system is suppressed by the mass of medications he has to take. “He has never been to mother and toddler, never been swimming, never been to the shops. He doesn’t go anywhere,” said Mrs Braybrook.

“I contacted Cineworld to get a quote for a private screening. But they said they just wanted to do it as a gesture for Max.”

He had needed a bone marrow transplant, having been born with the rare Wiskott Aldrich Syndrome, a deadly illness where every-day bumps and bruises can lead to strokes, cancers and bleeding.

A stem cell donor was found in Portugal. The transplant took place in July last year. But this year Max has been poorly, needing many blood transfusions over Easter.