Melissa, pictured here with her baby brother Max, was diagnosed with a rare disease when she was just six months old. Melissa’s parents noticed an unusual curve in her spine and, after hospital tests, it was discovered that Melissa was suffering from Hurlers syndrome. This rare but life threatening disease is caused when the body fails to produce a particular enzyme (alpha - l - hydrogenase) and without treatment Melissa would not have survived past her early teens.
For three months Melissa received enzyme replacement therapy. It was then decided that a cord blood transplant would be a better option, which if successful, would stop the progression of the disease. The search for a match began and very soon a suitable match from the NHS Cord Blood Bank was found. The transplant was a success and Melissa is no longer missing the enzyme associated with Hurlers syndrome. She now attends nursery and enjoys making pretend tea for her little brother.