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Boy with hemophilia looking for home tutors

The family of a 15-year-old boy suffering from hemophilia is looking for volunteers to teach the boy middle school syllabus. The volunteers will have to go his place to teach him.

The boy completed his primary school education with the help of teachers from a nearby school. They would go to the boy’s residence three times in a week — and did so for five years.

Guo Xu, a Shandong Province native, was diagnosed with the rare blood disorder at the age of one. His family moved to Shanghai for treatment.

Guo’s mother contacted a primary school for migrant children in the city when he reached the age for enrollment. But the school refused to accept him over his physical condition.

She then tried the Yangyuan Central Primary School, a local public school, when Guo was 10 years old.

After learning of Guo’s condition, the school set up a special team of volunteer teachers who taught him since 2008. The subjects and the examination were the same as in the school, all of which Guo was able to complete.

As many as 15 teachers taught Guo over the past five years and helped him to complete the primary school education.

The family is now worried about the follow-up education and want some middle school to continue with the home-schooling for the boy.

Xia Lin, an official from Shanghai Children’s Medical Center, said hemophilia is an inherited genetic blood disease in which the blood does not clot normally and is mostly found among men. “It is a disease without cure,” she said. 



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