A four-year-old boy who is believed to be the only child in UK with a rare form of leukaemia is in a desperate bid for life-saving treatment. Zachariah Oliver is one of only a handful of children in the world to be diagnosed with a near-haploid strain of the disease. His parents have now been told his best chance of survival is revolutionary treatment in Philadelphia, America, costing £500,000. So far, they have reached £25,000, but need to raise the rest by Christmas to give him the best chance of beating the disease. Dad Mark Garbett, 36, a heating engineer, from Broseley, Shrops., said: “They have said there is only a 25 percent chance of treating the condition which Zac has - but we are determined to get him into that bracket. "Only 0.5 per cent of children diagnosed with leukemia suffer from near-haploid. "Zac has always been a healthy, boisterous boy with an infectious smile and always wants to go out to play. "We don't want to sit around and wait for him to … [Read more...] about Boy whose symptoms began with poorly arm is ‘only child in UK’ with rare illness
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Michael Cafolla has urged as many people as possible to attend a recruitment drive at St George's Market in Belfast between noon and 4pm today. His son, 22-year-old Thomas, was forced to put his life on hold when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in October last year. He has suffered a series of devastating setbacks in his treatment, as he falls within the 15pc of patients who do not respond to the traditional chemotherapy regime for his type of cancer. This has meant he has had to endure a range of different chemotherapy drugs as doctors have worked to find an effective treatment for his blood cancer. Now Thomas, who has had to defer his university degree while he fights the disease, needs a stem cell transplant. His three siblings have all been tested but none is a match, forcing him to pin his hopes on a complete stranger now saving his life. Mr Cafolla (54) explained: "Despite everything Thomas has been through, he stays remarkably positive. "So many things have gone wrong … [Read more...] about ‘It’s surreal… but please see if you can be a stem cell donor and save my son’s life’
Dad’s plea for stem cell donor who could save his son’s life BelfastTelegraph.co.uk A Co Down businessman has appealed for people to be tested to see if they can become stem cell donors and save his son's life. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/dads-plea-for-stem-cell-donor-who-could-save-his-sons-life-37326798.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/article37326796.ece/6a7a1/AUTOCROP/h342/2018-09-18_new_44179624_I2.JPG Email A Co Down businessman has appealed for people to be tested to see if they can become stem cell donors and save his son's life. Michael Cafolla has urged as many people as possible to attend a recruitment drive at St George's Market in Belfast between noon and 4pm today. His son, 22-year-old Thomas, was forced to put his life on hold when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in October last year. He has suffered a series of devastating setbacks in his treatment, as he falls within the 15% of … [Read more...] about Dad’s plea for stem cell donor who could save his son’s life
A Crowborough dad is fundraising for life changing stem cell treatment. Ben Noakes, 34, hopes to raise another £15,000 for a treatment which could halt the unbearable side effects of his MS.He was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) 11 years ago and has adapted to live with the condition.However, in the last five years, his symptoms have become much worse.He now deals with attacks during relapsing phases, this can involve: paralysis of the legs, brain fogs – a loss of memory, and serious fatigue.Ben, from Bracken Close, wants to be able to play with his three kids: Alice, eight, Bailey, seven, and Teddy, aged two.He said: “I struggle to pick them up. I can’t run after them, so I wouldn’t be able to go out with Teddy on my own, in case he runs off.”Ben was set on becoming a financial advisor, last year (2017), but his symptoms meant he couldn’t continue revising for exams.The treatment is a Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT), not … [Read more...] about Dad, 34, hopes treatment will let him ‘play with his children again’
SICKLE cell disease is the name for a group of conditions that affect the red blood cells in the body. But what are the symptoms, causes and treatments for the disease? Here is all you need to know and what to look out for... What is sickle cell disease? Sickle cell disease refers to a number of conditions that effect the red blood cells in the body. The most serious form of sickle cell disease is called sickle cell anaemia. People with the disease produce unusually shaped red blood cells. This abnormality then creates medical problems because they do not live as long as healthy blood cells and can become stuck in the blood vessels. Sickle cell is something you are born with and is a serious lifelong condition that needs long-term treatment. Who can get sickle cell disease? Anyone whose parents carry the faulty gene which causes sickle cell can be born with the disease. If both parents have the faulty gene there is a 25 per cent chance of each child they have being born with the … [Read more...] about What is sickle cell disease, how common is sickle-cell anaemia, what are the signs and symptoms and how is it treated?