Former US President George H W Bush has shaved his head to show support for a boy who has leukaemia.

A Secret Service agent in his security detail has a two-year-old son who is losing his hair as a side-effect of treatment for the cancer.

The 89-year-old Republican lost his graying locks earlier this week at his coastal home in the state of Maine, said a spokesman on Wednesday.

Mr Bush acted after he saw other agents in his detail had shaved their heads.

A Bush spokesman identified the toddler only as Patrick.

Mr Bush and his wife, Barbara, lost their second child, four-year-old Robin, to leukaemia almost 60 years ago.

The security detail have launched a website to help pay for Patrick’s medical treatment.

Mr Bush, whose son is former President George W Bush, was only himself released from hospital in January, two months after his admission for a bronchitis-related cough.

source:BBC