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Family desperate for donor to give five-month-old baby a ‘second chance at life’

The family of a five-month-old baby with a rare immunodeficiency syndrome is looking for donors to help cure him.

Daniel McAvoy, from Cambridgeshire, was diagnosed with Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome after he became ill at three weeks old. His family have since been told that he will need a stem cell transplant if he is to be cured.

Daniel's family are now calling for more people to sign up as potential stem cell donors.

Daniels mum, Georgie, said: "With the transplant, its nice to have a light at the end of the tunnel but the tunnel scares us.

"Its a long road. Hell have to go through a lot of chemotherapy and well have to wait to find out if theres someone out there who can help him.

"We want to remind people that if you sign up to the register, you could save someone like Daniel, a 5 month old baby. Hes completely innocent. All hes done is be born, hes done nothing wrong and he has to go through this. It will take me forever to work out why him?"

Anthony Nolan is a charity that finds matching donors for people with bloody cancer – and gives them a second chance at life.

They also carry out ground-breaking research to save more lives and provide information and support to patients after a stem cell transplant, through its clinical nurse specialists and psychologists, who help guide patients through their recovery.

It costs £40 to recruit each potential donor to the register, so Anthony Nolan relies on financial support.

Head of Register Development at Anthony Nolan, Rebecca Pritchard, said: "We are doing everything we can to support Daniels family and their search for a donor, during this difficult time.

"Every single person who signs up to the register has the potential to give hope to someone like Daniel, who is in desperate need of a lifesaving stem cell transplantRead More – Source

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