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Social media users rally to find a #Rabbit4Nic

Chane Stapleberg of Pretoria, South Africa, found this bunny after #Rabbit4Nic went viral in her country.
Chane Stapleberg of Pretoria, South Africa, found this bunny after #Rabbit4Nic went viral in her country.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Father turns to social media to find a #Rabbit4Nic
  • South African 9-year-old had thyroid surgery and lymph nodes removed
  • Radiation treatment meant his favorite stuffed animal must be destroyed

(CNN) -- Stuart Henshilwood is a South African father of two (and, in the interest of full disclosure, my former boss).

His 9-year-old son, Nic, recently had his thyroid and some lymph nodes removed after a lump was found in his throat and cancer was suspected.

By his side throughout the ordeal has been his stuffed rabbit. Nic got the toy when he was born, and he considers the bunny his teammate.

The last step in Nic's recovery is radiated iodide treatment, and he's taking the rabbit with him. Unfortunately, because everything that goes into the room with Nic will become radioactive, it has to be destroyed. Including his rabbit.

Stuart turned to social media to try to find a replacement; the results will amaze you.

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