Signs are good for Sophie after pioneering stem cell treatment
Posted Jun 10 2009 6:46pm
ONE DAY AT A TIME: Sophie Edwards, who suffers from a rare form of leukaemia, is progressing well after undergoing pioneering treatment.
A GIRL diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia is progressing well after undergoing pioneering stem cell treatment after an earlier bone marrow transplant failed.
Sophie Edwards's family say they are taking one day at a time after the eight-year-old underwent the stem cell treatment three months ago.
Her mother, Emma Edwards, of Newsome, Huddersfield, said last night: "She is a lot better."
After her bone marrow transplant failed earlier this year, Mrs Edwards and her husband, Andrew, know only too well that Sophie's condition can suddenly change but so far all the signs are good.
Three months ago Sophie underwent a type of stem cell treatment that was the first of its kind in Leeds. Doctors used part of the original bone marrow left over from the previous transplant, but as Sophie was so ill there wasn't time for it to be treated, so instead it was transplanted unprepared and chemotherapy used to get rid of the cells she didn't need.
The original transplant took place at St James's Hospital, in Leeds, in October, but she rejected the transplant in January.
Sophie was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in February last year. Doctors then found Sophie was suffering from leukaemia with Philadelphia chromosome, which occurs in chronic leukaemia cases.