It was quite by chance that a GP noticed that something was drastically wrong with 6 month old baby Hollie, during a routine doctor’s appointment for her mum. Later the same day, Hollie was taken to hospital and after several tests was diagnosed with a potentially fatal disease, Infantile Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.
Over the next six months, Hollie received several units of blood and went through a tough course of chemotherapy just to survive. To be able to fight the disease longer term, a cord blood transplant was considered to be the best option for her and so a search of the stem cell registries began. A stem cell match was found in a cord blood unit all the way over in America and this was hurriedly despatched to the UK.
Thanks to the donated unit of cord blood, Hollie survived. And just two years after the successful cord blood transplant, Hollie is an energetic, bubbly little girl who loves to be outdoors riding her pony Tiggy and playing with her friends at Pre-school.