News 12 First at Five / Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Climbing, jumping and always smiling, Howell Beman sure doesn't act like a child who spends a lot of his time in the hospital. But it hasn't always been easy for this 5-year-old.
Howell suffers from ITP, a rare disorder where his immune system attacks his platelets. There is no cure, but fortunately, he doesn't feel any pain. The disorder causes him to bruise very easily and puts him at a high risk for internal bleeding.
Through 13 overnight hospital stays, two bone marrow biopsies, numerous pediatric ER visits and monthly lab work, Howell remains one happy -- and tough -- little cookie.