Stem cells

Leukaemia boy's family thanks 'unbelievable' support

BBC Hereford and Worcester

The mother of a boy with leukaemia's thanked supporters for raising more than £15,000 to support the family.

Oscar in hospital
Family handout

Oscar Saxelby-Lee's family is preparing for the five-year-old to leave hospital with doctors telling his mother, Olivia Saxelby, it could be the end of July if he keeps doing well.

He's had a stem cell transplant after about 5,000 people joined a donor register.

The family home is being adapted so he can stay in isolation for about 18 months and Ms Saxelby's said the crowdfunding support's made a big difference.

It just means that that weight is off our shoulders for paying the mortgage and things like that. It's unbelievable the amount of support we've had."

Olivia SaxelbyMother

Leukaemia transplant boy could be home 'in weeks'

BBC Hereford and Worcester

A five-year-old boy with leukaemia, who had a transplant after inspiring thousands of people to sign up to the stem cell register, could be back home within five weeks.

Oscar Saxelby-Lee
Family handout

Oscar Saxelby-Lee, from Worcester, is currently in an isolation unit at Birmingham Children's Hospital after the operation last month.

It was carried out following a drive to find him a donor with three matches being found.

His mother told BBC Hereford and Worcester that, while Oscar could be back home soon, he'll have to stay in their house to keep him safe from infections.

He can't go to school, he can't attend shops, he's still got to stay in an isolated area which will be at home, but how much better it will be [with him] at home."

Olivia SaxelbyMum

Oscar Saxelby-Lee: 'Waiting game' after transplant

Allen Cook

BBC News

The family of a five-year-old boy with leukaemia have said it's now a "waiting game" after he had a stem cell transplant this week.

Oscar
Family handout

Oscar Saxelby-Lee, from Worcester, was told he needed a transplant within three months of chemotherapy otherwise his chances of survival would "severely diminish".

He has been treated at Birmingham Children's Hospital for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, which was diagnosed when he became unwell over Christmas.

After a huge drive to get people to sign up to the stem cell register to find a donor, three matches were found and the transplant was carried out on Wednesday.

On his Facebook page, his family have said side effects have started to appear including skin particles breaking down and they're now waiting to see if new cells have their expected impact.

Oscar Saxelby-Lee to have stem cell transplant today

BBC Hereford and Worcester

A five-year-old boy with leukaemia will have his stem cell transplant today, his family's said, after a massive appeal for donors.

Oscar Saxelby-Lee
Family handout

Oscar Saxelby-Lee, from Worcester, was told he needed a transplant within three months of chemotherapy otherwise his chances of survival would "severely diminish".

He has been treated at Birmingham Children's Hospital for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, which was diagnosed when he became unwell over Christmas.

In March, he was found to be free of leukaemia blast cells, meaning the transplant could go ahead and he underwent preparations for the operation earlier this month.

Events have been run across the country to encourage thousands of people to join the register to help Oscar find a donor and three matches were found.

Oscar Saxelby-Lee starts preparations for transplant

BBC Hereford and Worcester

A boy with a particularly aggressive form of leukaemia is starting treatment today to prepare him for a stem cell transplant.

Oscar Saxelby-Lee
Family handout

Five-year-old Oscar Saxelby-Lee, from Worcester, was told he needed a transplant within three months of chemotherapy otherwise his chances of survival would "severely diminish".

In March, he was found to be free of leukaemia blast cells and three three stem cell matches were found for him after thousands of people signed up to be tested.

On Facebook, his family said he would have conditioning therapy to prepare his body so he can have the transplant after that.

Hundreds support plea to find stem cell match for boy

BBC Hereford and Worcester

More than 1,000 people have added their names to a list of potential stem cell donors to try and find a match for a little boy with a life-threatening disease.

Finley Hill
Jo and Paul Hill

Finley Hill, from Belbroughton, Worcestershire, has a rare immune system disorder and needs a transplant.

The seven-year-old is kept stable with steroids and immuno-suppressants, but the only cure is chemotherapy and a transplant, his mother Jo Hill said.

His school held a two-day donor drive at the weekend with participants undertaking a cheek swab for analysis.

His disease causes the cells of his body to attack the immune system which goes into overdrive and attacks the body. In Fin's case, at the moment, it's his brain so he's having to be immune-suppressed as well, which means he's had shingles and all sorts, he's open to catching everything."

Jo HillFinlay's mother