TODDLER BEATS LEUKAEMIA AFTER RECEIVING CORD BLOOD STEM CELLS
Posted Jan 08 2013 12:00am
“A seriously ill has been given a second chance at life after receiving a stem cell transplant from the U.S following a transatlantic appeal. Toddler William Morris had been diagnosed with leukaemia at just six weeks old and intensive chemotherapy had failed to eradicate the cancer. The 18-month-old desperately needed a stem cell transplant to help his body make new healthy blood cells after his own had been destroyed by the disease. However, no matches from umbilical cord blood donations could be found in the .”
“When William was diagnosed with leukaemia, it was devastating. It was the last thing that we had expected. William was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia, a cancer of the white blood cells and bone marrow, when he was just six weeks old. He underwent four courses of intensive chemotherapy, which were unsuccessful, and within a month had a relapse of his condition.”
“But in March last year William was matched with an anonymous donor in the U.S. He was treated on Mother’s Day while in isolation in Newcastle for two months and is now in remission. William was given a cord blood stem-cell transplant at the end of March and soon began to respond well to the treatment.”
William’s condition is in remission and he continues to be regularly monitored by consultants. Dr Sujith Samarasinghe, a consultant paediatric haematologist at Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: ‘William had a high-risk leukaemia. Since the transplant he is doing extremely well. It is early days, but there is now no evidence of leukaemia in his system.”
“I don’t know who the donor is, but I wish I could send a letter to the mum saying ‘thank you for helping to save my son’s life”, said William’s mother Catherine Wray.