When Sorrel Mason was 21 months old, her mother Samantha noticed that some bruises she’d picked up playing were taking a long time to heal. Little Sorrel was pale too.
A trip to the GP and more tests in hospital brought shocking news: Sorrel had a rare strain of acute myeloid leukaemia.
Sorrel didn’t leave hospital for a year. Several rounds of chemotherapy had little effect on the cancer and Sorrel’s family was told that a stem cell transplant was her only hope of survival.
Following a massive search and an agonising wait for the Mason family, Anthony Nolan found a match with stem cells harvested from a mother’s umbilical cord in Tokyo.
It’s now more than nine years since Sorrel had her transplant. She has just started secondary school and is doing well in all her subjects. She particularly enjoys art and being with her friends.
Sorrel’s dad Robert says: ‘I wish I could thank this stranger in Japan for saving my daughter’s life. They will never know how grateful we are.’
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