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Meet the cat helping a boy with selective mutism

17 August 2012 Last updated at 09:54 BST

A boy who has the condition selective mutism, which inhibits his ability to communicate, has been helped by the family cat.

Lorcan Dillon's life has been transformed by Jessi-Cat, who he speaks more freely with, improving his confidence at home and school.

Lorcan's mother Jayne and brother Luke praised the feline friend, who has received two awards for her contribution.