Four-year-old Gunner from Bridgnorth, Shropshire, who suffers from mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS), will not be able to undergo a second stem cell transplant during the festive period. Gunner’s condition prevents him from breaking down his body’s natural sugars, leading to potential brain and organ damage. His first transplant took place at 18 months old, but his second operation was delayed due to an infection. Fortunately, Gunner’s family members no longer have to isolate this Christmas. Gunner’s mother, Holly, explained that the transplant, which involves blood from a donated umbilical cord, helps his body build natural sugars for protection against brain damage. The operation is now scheduled for early January.
Previously, Holly and Gunner were planning to isolate separately from Holly’s husband and their daughter. However, a dormant hospital bug was detected in Gunner’s system, leading to the rescheduling of the operation. Despite this setback, Gunner remains asymptomatic, allowing the family to spend Christmas together. Holly expressed both apprehension and positivity about the transplant, as it will be the family’s second experience with the procedure. She emphasized the tight bond within their family unit, providing support during this challenging time.