A follow up on a previously posted story: A schoolgirl suffering from a rare and deadly disease who desperately needs a life-saving transplant has found a donor.
Libby Cotts, 12, has severe aplastic anaemia, and since her diagnosis in October she has been receiving blood and platelet transfusions to keep her alive.
Her illness means her bone marrow does not produce enough blood cells and her condition had worsened, leaving her situation on a “knife edge” unless she a match was found.
Today her family announced a bone marrow match had been found on an Instagram page detailing her journey.
The post on libbys.lockdown said two matches had been found – one in the UK and the other in the U.S.
It reads: “WE HAVE A MATCH.
“But it’s not just one donor it’s two.
“One is in the Uk and the other is in the USA.
“You guys have helped Libby and hopefully we can continue to help thousands of others to find donors too.
“Help LOVE FOR LIBBY grow ! We have only planted the seed let’s see it take root and bloom. ”
“We are and shall continue all our efforts with my amazing friends in TEAMLIBBY to help every man, women and child we possible can find donors. We have come this far let’s keep it going!
“Thank you to everyone for all your love and support , but this is now a new beginning there is still a long journey ahead for us as a family!
“We shall continue to share our story as long as you guys want to hear it. We need your love and support now more than ever!”
A GoFundMe page set up to raise money for test kits to find a bone marrow donor for Libby and has received thousands of donations.
It has also been shared by celebrities including Ronnie O’Sullivan and Lord Alan Sugar.
Those close to Libby, from Buckhurst Hill, Essex, said last month that she “doesn’t have much longer left” – and believe Covid may have added to the struggles to find a donor.
Her family said at the time that doctors were concerned the repeated blood transfusions could cause damage to her heart and liver.
A donor was previously found for Libby and on December 21 she was admitted to Great Ormond Street Hospital in preparation for a six-week treatment programme – but this fell through when she was told the donor was no longer compatible.
The fundraising page aims to raise £500,000 for blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan, which is helping her to find a compatible donor.
Every £40 translates to one bone marrow testing kit and the family is also encouraging people, particularly those aged 30 and under, to register themselves to be tested.
Evidence shows younger donors are associated with better survival rates for patients.
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