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by Claire Halliwell category: Health
In April 2011 Charlie Harris – Beard, aged just 10 months, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia and within just 4 months Charlie had already been through four intensive cycles ofchemotherapy to cure the disease! But despite these gruelling treatments, the rare type of leukaemia reappeared and Charlie desperately needed a bone marrow transplant – having being given just three months to live.
A Facebook page (Help Save Baby Charlie Harris – Beard) was created in order to appeal to the general public to come forward and register to be a bone marrow donor, not only to help Charlie but to help thousands of others that find themselves fighting this terrible disease. Charlie soon found his match and the life saving transplant went ahead in October 2011.
Charlie took his first steps on ward 15 of Birmingham Childrens hospital, and even spent Christmas and New Year there, but having lived at the hospital for approximately 10 months – Charlie is now home and enjoying normal family life once again.
With help from the Anthony Nolan trust Charlie has been given a second chance of life, this wasn’t down to an adult donor but thanks to someone in the USA for donating their umbilical cord following the birth of their baby girl.
We feel there needs to be more awareness of umbilical cord donations in the UK as they can help save the lives of many people – not just cancer patients. So we are now in the process of setting up our own Charity; Cords4Life.