“Thanks to Anthony Nolan…we’re looking forward to an even brighter future.”
Alice, Hazel’s mum
Hazel was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia, a type of blood cancer, when she was just 18 months old and her only hope of survival was a stem cell transplant. With none of her family a match for her, Anthony Nolan began the search for a donor.
After six incredibly difficult months and with her health deteriorating, we found a match and Hazel and her family could start to look forward to a brighter future.
Sadly, Hazel’s stem cell transplant didn’t work and she relapsed before leaving hospital.
Hazel underwent regular tests and was allowed home from hospital, while the desperate search for a donor began again. Thankfully, Anthony Nolan found another donor, six months later and as her mum, Alice, put it, she was ‘reborn again’.
Recovery was tough and Hazel spent many months in hospital but, eventually, almost a year after her transplant, she rang the ‘end of treatment bell’.
While long-term support will be vitally important for Hazel for many years to come, Alice says that she is bouncing into the ‘next chapter of living’ with a big smile on her face.