Smiling Archer inspires family
Jane Cleary. Picture: Dione Davidson/The West Australian

When Jane Cleary took her cheerful baby son to hospital with an unusually low temperature, she expected to return with antibiotics.

But, just hours after nurses remarked how well seven-month-old Archer had appeared, they were calling his parents to farewell him for the last time.

A year has passed since Mrs Cleary watched her son deteriorate from a "regular kid" to the sick baby who died in their arms - and only now do the family have a diagnosis for the illness that took hold so quickly.

The Cleary family are now raising awareness of mitochondrial "mito" disease in the hope that families and medical staff may be able to spot the symptoms early.

Mrs Cleary, her husband Dave and their seven-year-old son Jackson will join a 144-strong running group, Team Mito, in the HBF Run for a Reason on May 25 to try to add to their fundraising pool.

It has already hit more than $80,000.

The West Australian

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