‘Huge blow’ as girl’s only bone marrow donor in the world pulls out at last minute
A distraught family in the UK has made an urgent plea after their little girl, who has a rare blood disorder, had her only bone marrow donor pull out at the last minute.
Just as she got prepared for the bone marrow transplant, Evie Hodgson’s donor pulled out – devastating her family.
Her mother is now worried about the eight year old’s future, as the chances of finding another donor are extremely slim.
In fact, they’re so slim that doctors are trying to find another course of treatment for Evie.
This is despite the fact that finding a stem cell transplant from a compatible donor is the best hope of curing the little girl.
Evie, from North Yorkshire, has deadly aplastic anaemia which was diagnosed after she developed a rash on her back that didn’t fade.
She was found to have low blood platelet levels which doctors worried was leukaemia.
A biopsy found that Evie didn’t have cancerous cells and she was diagnosed with the anaemia – her parents told she would need a bone marrow transplant.
A worldwide search was launched to find a donor after it was found that her family wasn’t a match.
The search concluded after an anonymous donor was found who was a 10/10 match.
Next, they began to prepare for the transplant, which included both dental work and the removal of an ovary.
On August, the family got the devastating news that the donor had, in fact, pulled out.
“We were devastated, it was a huge blow,” mum Tina said.
“We have no idea why the donor changed their mind. Everything is confidential. ‘
“Evie has already been through so much. She thought she had a donor and now she doesn’t.
“The donor pulling out is quite hard-hitting but from our point of view we just want to raise awareness of the stem cell register.
“It’s so easy to be a donor. It’s just like giving blood, but you could save a child’s life.
“Some people don’t even know they could be a match.
“It’s so easy to join the register but only about 1 per cent of the UK population is registered.”
The eight-year-old is now to undergo an immunosuppressant course of treatment.
This is while the search for a donor continues.
The family has made a Facebook group to update people on her journey and to also raise awareness within the community.
“The condition Evie has is life-threatening,” Tina said.
“She won’t survive without a transplant.
“That’s why we are desperately appealing for any many people as possible to register as a stem cell donor.”
“I need this transplant to save my life,” Evie added.