A five-year-old Melton girl has received a life-saving bone marrow transplant from an anonymous donor who lives in Germany.
Evie Moore was in remission from leukaemia which had been detected in October 2015 when a more aggressive type was then diagnosed in February this year.
She desperately needed a transplant and her parents, Chris and Helena, were overjoyed to be told by a specialist at Sheffield Hospital that they had found a match.
Evie had the treatment on June 27, two days after her fifth birthday, and her family are hoping to hear this week how successful it has been.
Her dad Chris said: “We were so pleased when they told us they had found a good match for Evie because it was a big worry for us.
“All we know about the donor is that it is from a male and they live in Germany.
“Evie is doing very well after the treatment, much better than we thought she would be doing.
“We’ve been told it is early days but everything seems positive at the moment.”
Evie spent four weeks and a day in hospital in Yorkshire, initially undergoing chemotherapy to prepare her for the transplant and then having the treatment, which was done while she was conscious.
She has to return twice a week to Sheffield for tests and if she gets the all clear it is hoped she will be able to return to school in October, at St Mary’s Primary in Melton.
“Evie was a little tired after having the treatment but she is back to being the old Evie now,” said Chris.
“She’s always hungry, which might be because of the steroids, and she’s eating us out of house and home.”
We reported in April how Evie was upset to have to miss a concert by her beloved Ed Sheeran because she was too tired after a bout of chemotherapy.
She was thrilled when the superstar singer recorded a special video message for her, and her parents have now bought tickets for her to see him in a gig next June.
The family are also keen to eventually make contact with their daughter’s German bone marrow donor.
They can send a card via the Anthony Nolan Trust charity, but the donor has to remain anonymous for two years after the treatment.
Chris added: “We will definitely be sending a ‘thank you’ card to the donor.
“And after two years we would like to meet them to thank them personally for what they have done for Evie.”
l Evie Moore’s family are keen to get more people to register as bone marrow donors - if you are over 30, go online at www.dkms.org.uk/en and if you are aged 16 to 30 go to www.anthonynolan.org/