Friends in bid to save brave Sheffield woman’s life

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Friends of a Sheffield woman with Cystic Fibrosis have launched an appeal to raise £50,000 to pay for life changing treatment.

Blaire Webb, aged 27, from Hillsborough, was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when she was 18 months old.

Her friend Kate Yeardley set up a fundraising page to help raise the £50,000 needed for stem cell treatment, which would regenerate Blaire’s lungs.

So far £6,575 has been raised.

Blaire’s mum Kerry has been found to be a suitable match for the treatment, but it is not yet available in the UK and is only being offered in the Dominican Republic.

Kate said: “This is Blaire’s only option now to improve her lifestyle and extend her life and so we have the challenge of raising £50,000 to pay for the treatment.

“Due to Blaire’s rapidly declining health we have a limited window to get the treatment.

“I remember sitting in a classroom as a teenager with my best friend Blaire when our science teacher confidently told the class that children born with Cystic Fibrosis rarely lived past the age of 18. Twelve years on and a 27-year-old Blaire continues to prove this statistic wrong. I couldn’t be more of proud of her but now she needs a little help from her friends.”

Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disorder that causes the over-production of mucus, blocking the pancreatic ducts, intestines and bronchi, causing repeated respiratory infections.

In 1999 Cystic Fibrosis caused Blaire’s liver to fail and she underwent a transplant at the age of 11.

In 2011 Blaire’s kidneys failed.