Benwick family's joy as life-saving donor found for baby Daniel
A Fenland family are "so over the moon" after a life-saving donor has been found for their baby.
Georgie and Andrew McAvoy from Benwick, issued a heart-wrenching plea to find a donor for their son Daniel, who has a rare genetic disease.
The Citizen reported their appeal back in August when they were urging as many people as possible to sign up to the Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Register in a bid to find a match for Daniel.
The six month old tot was diagnosed with Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome, which affects his immune system.
Daniel, who has an older sister Holly, was diagnosed with the disease which largely affects boys, after suffering severe nose bleeds.
Posting on their Facebook page to announce a donor had been found the couple wrote: "We are so over the moon, we had started to wonder if there was anyone out there who was a match.
"On Wednesday afternoon we had a phone call from Daniel’s hospital in Cambridge, who told us that Daniel’s main doctor from Great Ormond Street Hospital would like to see us with his doctor in Cambridge, would we be able to meet them on Friday.
"Of course we dropped any plans we had and said yes! We spent the next day wondering what on earth the appointment was for.
"When we arrived there was a little wait for the appointment, it was strange to see both of Daniel's main doctors sat together, but they had big smiles on their faces. Daniel woke up for the news, they said, ‘we’ve got his match’.
"Every person waiting for a transplant deserves to hear that. I can’t even begin to explain the relief we feel.
"We know nothing about the person donating, we don’t know their sex, where they're from, nothing at all, other than they have volunteered to save a life. Daniel’s life.
"This opens up a new chapter for our family. The transplant for Daniel isn’t simple and it can be risky. There is a big build up to it, which is currently planned for before Christmas this year. The conditioning chemotherapy and preparation for the stem cells will hopefully happen in January.
"For now we continue as we are, keep going to all of Daniel's appointments, make sure he is taking his medication and is feeling as well as he can be.
"Thank you for everyone’s support, but please don’t let Daniel finding his match stop you spreading the word. There are still so many people out there that haven’t found their match. To help us celebrate Daniel's news, please tell someone that isn’t registered and encourage them to sign up to save a life."
To sign up visit: https://anthonynolan.org
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