Oliver has surgery to help save sister’s life

FAMILY Phoebe Craig with her brother Oliver

FAMILY Phoebe Craig with her brother Oliver

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HE DOESN’T know it yet, but Oliver Craig’s donation to his three-year-old sister will change her life.

The five-year-old had an operation last week to remove some of his bone marrow.

Next week, this will be donated to Phoebe, who was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2012.

Their mum Vicki, 38, said: ‘Oliver has had his bone marrow removed .

‘Now Phoebe needs to have chemotherapy for 10 days, before Oliver’s cells are given to her via a transfusion.

‘It was quite upsetting for us all – Oliver’s procedure was from 8.30am to 4pm.

‘But he’s recovering well and needs to take iron supplements for a month.

‘I’m so proud of him – he is our little hero and he’s amazing.

‘Now we hope Phoebe’s body takes to the cells.’

As reported, Phoebe and her family, of Lysander Way, Waterlooville, were braced for a heartbreaking wait for a bone marrow match after she was diagnosed with leukaemia.

But they were overjoyed to discover that the three-year-old’s brother is a match.

Phoebe was diagnosed with the cancer in October 2012. Tests last November found it had returned.

She was being treated in Southampton and at Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham.

After further tests were carried out to ensure the siblings were a match, the family is being treated in Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.

There is only a one-in-three chance of compatibility between siblings.

It is hoped the transfusion of healthy cells will help Phoebe battle the cancer.

Charity Anthony Nolan uses its register to match potential bone marrow donors to blood cancer patients, where a transplant could provide a treatment.

The charity is looking for men aged 16 to 30 to sign on to its register, as they are most likely a match.

There is also an appeal for and people from black, Asian and other ethnic minority backgrounds, as they are under-represented on the register.

To find out more, go to anthonynolan.org.

Leukaemia is cancer of the white blood cells.

All blood cells in the body are produced by bone marrow – a spongy material found inside the bones.

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