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Henrique's special day with West Ham

19 Oct 2017
Henrique enjoyed his visit to West Ham

The Hammers and the Richard House Hospice help Henrique and his family have a day to remember at the London Stadium

Henrique Buzio is a happy and fun-loving toddler and, like most two-year-olds, enjoys playing with his toys and his brother.

But Henrique had a very difficult start to his life, having been born with cystic hygroma - a lymphatic lesion that causes excess fluid and swelling around the neck - which led to him spending his first 11 months in hospital.

He had to have around-the-clock care and needed tubes to breathe and feed.

Henrique was able to leave hospital last year but still required specialist therapy and was referred to Richard House Children's Hospice in Beckton, which has been West Ham United's charity partner for more than 10 years.

"Richard House is a happy place and it supports everyone," says his mum Andreia. "We started music therapy which has been helping with his development.

"Henrique has had some big victories in the last year; he no longer has a tube, and I think we're now in a really happy place. He is growing steadily, he can eat by himself, his voice is starting to come through and life seems pretty positive."

Henrique's family moved to Wanstead, north-east London, in 2012 and soon became keen West Ham supporters.

And with club forging a strong link with Richard House, the Buzios were given a day to remember when they were invited to the home match with Swansea City at the London Stadium recently .

Henrique's brother Duarte was named as a mascot, and after watching a dramatic victory, the family were invited to the players' tunnel where they met West Ham's first-team stars and received from Jose Fonte his match shirt. 

"It's been a fantastic day, we don't have words to thank you enough," Andreia says.

See: Henrique's inspirational story

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