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Jan 22, 2015 5:09 PM

Rochester boy fights for health after devastating illnesses


ROCHESTER - It started a week ago as a sore throat.

9-year-old Gage Paul told his mom he wasn't feeling well. She checked his temperature, and he didn't have a fever - so she sent him to school. He later went to see the nurse, who called his mother to explain he was still ill.

Hours later, Paul would be hospitalized - and getting X-rays on his lungs.

"His breathing just kept getting worse. His blood pressure was dropping, his fever was sky high. They couldn't get his fever to come down," said his mother, Nicole Paul.

Gage was diagnosed with Type-A flu, then pneumonia and later mrsa.

He was later transferred to Children's Hospital Boston, where he is receiving around-the-clock care while machines help keep him alive.The combination of it all has been devastating to Paul's body, and he can hardly communicate or move.

A student at the William Allen School in Rochester, Paul's doctors are hoping he will pull through.

"The last couple of days we've had a little bit more progress," Paul's mother Nicole said. "He's definitely fighting. I think everybody's prayers are working."

A family-friend, Mike Cayer, has setup a GoFundMe page to assist in any of the family's medical expenses.

So far, it has raised more than $20,000.

"They are speechless," Cayer told NH1. "They can't believe the support of the seacoast and they can't believe the support of the local businesses that have donated to it."

Paul's mother said he did receive the flu shot this year, and it could be helping him to fight off the illnesses.


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