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Wyatt’s Story: Cord blood transplant puts four year old “on the road to recovery”

“Honestly, when Wyatt was born, we didn’t know if he would live four days,” Wyatt’s mum, Amanda Hanley, told the Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas where her son was treated, “and now he’s 4 years old,” The world’s rarest illness? Wyatt was born fighting for his life due to...

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Stem Cells and Dystonia: Michaela’s Story

“Look at me!” says 11-year-old Michaela, “I can walk now!” Michaela Sky Rodrigues is an exceptional girl with exceptional parents. Refusing to accept the bleak outlook doctors described for her, Michaela, who suffers from secondary dystonia, travelled with her family from her home in Australia to China for a...

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Siblings Day Success Stories: Stem Cells Saved My Life

Siblings Day isn’t really recognised in the UK, even though our relationships with our brothers and sisters are likely to be the most enduring of our lives. We all owe our lives to our parents, but thanks to cord blood storage, many healthy children and adults now also owe...

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Mother stores cord blood with Biovault to treat brother’s brain tumour

Georgina Russell knew that the blood in her baby’s placenta and umbilical cord was nutritious, but she never suspected that it would become so precious to her whole family. Living with glioblastoma Georgina was four months pregnant when she received the terrible news that her older brother, Ashley, had...

Toddler suffering from rare blood disorder gets boost as 50,000 stem cell donors sign up to save her

The family of a young girl who has a rare blood disorder say they are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support after more than 50,000 strangers signed up as stem cell donors. Three-year-old Ava Stark has a blood disorder called inherited bone marrow failure and needs a stem cell...

Hero dad reunited with boy whose life he saved four years ago

A hero dad from Urmston has been reunited with the young boy whose life he saved four years ago. Joe Partridge volunteered to have his stem cells harvested and transplanted into Dylan Bennett in 2012 after the toddler was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Dylan, who was two at the time,...

Mother of two Nikki Tatum will travel to Russia alone in hope of a miracle

MULTIPLE sclerosis patient Nikki Tatum is so desperate to ensure a bright future for her two daughters she is travelling alone to Russia in the hope of a cure. The 33-year-old has refused to accept doctors’ prognosis that she may become blind and be confined to a wheelchair. So...

The boy who has NEVER hugged his parents: Brain damage left Jay, 5, unable to move – but a pioneering stem cell treatment could change his life

A five-year-old could soon be able to hug his mother for the first time when he becomes one of the first children in the world to undergo a pioneering stem cell treatment. Jay Shetty has been severely disabled since birth and suffers from cerebral palsy, meaning he has never...

Scots woman flies 10,000 miles to Australia to give sister stem cell donation

A MUM has told how she took part in a nerve-racking race to the other side of the world – to give her sister the gift of life. Lorraine Hussain flew 10,000 miles from Scotland to Australia after learning she was the only viable stem cell match for Michelle...

Stem cell donor meets Cardiff cancer patient he saved

A man from Cardiff has met the German stranger who saved his life by donating stem cells. Lawrence Trace, 59, was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2005 and his only hope was a bone marrow transplant. There was only one suitable match on the worldwide register – 21-year-old Max...