Four-year-old Gunner, who lives in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, has been diagnosed with mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS), a rare condition that can cause physical abnormalities. Gunner had his first stem cell transplant when he was 18 months old, but his second transplant has been delayed due to an infection he contracted. The transplant, which involves blood from a donated umbilical cord, is crucial for Gunner’s body to build natural sugars and protect him from brain damage. The operation was initially scheduled for the festive period but has now been rescheduled for early January due to the detected presence of a dormant hospital bug in Gunner’s system. Gunner’s family, including his mother Holly, are relieved that they can now spend Christmas together as a quartet, rather than having to isolate. Despite the daunting nature of the upcoming transplant, the family remains optimistic and grateful to have each other’s support.