A brave youngster is hoping to beat the clock as she hopes to receive a life-saving bone marrow transplant.

Evie Hodgson began preparations for the transplant earlier this year and is finally ready for the “magic stem cells”.

The eight-year-old and her family have been counting down the days to Thursday – but could have another bump in the road.

The cells are currently stuck in London as the hopeful family wait for them to be transported to Newcastle.

In order for the transplant to go ahead, they must arrive at The Great North Children’s Hospital before 2pm.

However, due to the coronavirus pandemic “there is a high possibility that the flight will be cancelled”.

On Thursday morning, Evie’s mum Tina Hodgson said: “Day zero (and a half). We have a twist in the tale!

“The good news is – We have magic donor cells ready and waiting for Evie.

“The bad news is – The magic cells are currently stuck in London and waiting to be transported to Newcastle on a special flight.

“The cells need to arrive in Newcastle before 2pm for the labs to check them before the transplant.

“The problem is, covid has caused major issues to the flight schedule and there is a high possibility that the flight will be cancelled.

“There is another flight confirmed later today but the cells will arrive too late for the labs.

“So basically, there is a high possibility that the transplant might happen tomorrow instead.

“Anyway, we are still feeling really excited and positive about it all. You didn’t think Evie’s story could continue without a blip did you!!”

The courageous pupil at Fyling Hall School, in Robin Hood’s Bay, was diagnosed with aplastic anaemia, also known as bone marrow failure, last year during the start of the covid-19 pandemic.

The youngster captured the attention of the nation when her perfect donor pulled out at the last minute and her transplant hopes were dashed.

But Evie, from Sleights, revealed it was ” the best Christmas present ever” to find another donor in December.

The family have thanked everybody who has supported them, shared Evie’s story and signed up to the stem cell register following their inspirational campaign.

You can join on the DKMS register, here, or through Anthony Nolan register, here.

A dedicated Facebook page has been set up to follow Evie’s journey with aplastic anaemia.

You can follow her progress here.

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