A young South Yorkshire girl is set to change her brother’s life after donating stem cells to help him battle a life-threatening blood disorder.
Haseeb Ahmed, from Herringthorpe, Rotherham, was born with beta thalassaemia major, which means that his red blood cells do not function normally and he requires regular blood transfusions.
His parents and doctors at Sheffield Children’s Hospital are now hopeful that the five-year-old will be completely cured following a stem cell and bone marrow donation from his little sister, Hannah, aged two.
Mum Fozia, aged 31, spoke to consultants two years ago after falling pregnant with Hannah and hearing about cord blood transplants on a television programme.
She said: “We had always planned to have more children and after speaking to Professor Vora we were told that a transplant was possible if Hannah was a suitable donor. So I decided to have Hannah in Sheffield so they could save and test the cord blood.
“Shortly after she was born we found out that Hannah was a match. It was such a blessing and the icing on the cake following her arrival.”
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