It would help if you had the name of the diagnosis that has been made on your nephew. Tthe most likely cause is a condition called ITP or idiopathic thrombocytopaenic purpura which is a deficiency of the platelet cells in the blood.Platelets are important in the blood clotting mechanism. A shortage of platelets leads to small bleeding spots in the skin. It is usually caused by a virus infection and is usually a temporary condition. I would urge you to suggest to your sister that her son be examined and tested at the Haematology Dept at the Red Cross Children's Hospital in Cape Town. Anyl treatment if needed including bone marrow transplants can be done in this superb unit. Children from all over South Africa can be treated at this hospital.
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