19th May, 2019

Brave Oscar set for life-saving transplant after search finds THREE stem cell matches

Rob George 29th Mar, 2019 Updated: 29th Mar, 2019

A BRAVE Worcester boy will have a life-saving stem cell transplant after a huge campaign for donors to help him beat an aggressive form of leukaemia yielded three matches.

Oscar Saxelby-Lee hit the headlines last month when his devastated parents were told he needed a stem cell transplant within three months to defeat T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia after he was diagnosed last year.

And following chemotherapy to ensure a transplant would be successful, his parents Olivia Saxelby and Jamie Lee have now been informed three potential matches have been found for the five-year-old.

Staff and volunteers at Pitmaston Primary School, led by headteacher Kate Wilcock, smashed the national record for a donor registration event earlier this month as people travelled from across the county and as far as Bristol and Wales to help.

A staggering 4,855 potential stem cell donors registered on the day which also saw £3,800 raised to aid the charity DKMS to process all of the samples collected

Writing on their Hand in Hand for Oscar Facebook page, Olivia said: “What an emotional rollercoaster.  It’s literally been a journey of heartache and dread continuously, but ….. WOW!!!! What a feeling of relief and positivity to help Oscar kick cancer’s butt.”

“It has been so so traumatic but we are over the moon with being given a chance to tackle the next step in treatment.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all of you out there who have registered, supported and continued to spread the word for our beautiful boy and those in need of wonderous bone marrow cells. We could never have done this without you all.

“Although we haven’t had specific details of the chosen donor and won’t for about two years post transplant, we will know the details such as age, gender and nationality as soon as the donor is chosen.

“I cannot tell you how ecstatic I am….we all are! In fact I don’t think any news  has ever made us so happy in our entire lives.”

“We know this is the beginning of yet another tough journey but we will beat this together and get him home where he belongs, living the life he absolutely deserves,” she added.

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