Bridgnorth Boy with Rare Condition Set for Second Transplant

Four-year-old Gunner Lewis-Vale from Shropshire, UK, has entered isolation in preparation for his second stem cell transplant. Gunner suffers from a rare genetic condition that prevents his body from breaking down natural sugars, leading to potential brain and organ damage. Gunner’s family revealed that his first transplant in 2021 was delayed while a donor was found, but this time, a donated umbilical cord was quickly discovered after the diagnosis. Gunner’s mother, Holly, expressed her gratitude and relief upon learning that a donor was found, stating that she was “very emotional, very thankful, very grateful.” The treatment process has been made more straightforward due to fewer COVID-19 restrictions, allowing Gunner and his mother to isolate at home rather than in the hospital. However, they will need to be in the hospital for Christmas, resulting in a separation from the rest of the family during the holiday season. Despite the challenges, Holly mentioned that Gunner is enjoying their one-on-one time together.

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