Wills Fight Against Aplastic Anemia
Wills is a 14 year old boy who just wants to get back to being a typical teenager. Lets get him through his second bone marrow transplant.Nationwide
In December 2018, Wills suffered several bleeding noses. After conulting the family GP, who requested blood tests as a precaution, resulted in the blood tests coming back as abnormal. Initial talks with paediatrician pointed to Luekemia and Wills was referred to Christchurch (Child Haematology & Oncology '(CHOC)' for a bone marrow biopsy.
Results showed it was not Luekemia but a rare and serious blood disorder called severe Aplastic Anemia - a Bone Marrow Transplant is a life saving cure.
On the 7th November2019, Wills along with his mother Sandra and father Russell were transferred to Starship hospital for 12 days of chemo followed by a bone marrow transplant on 21 November.
Unfortunately, it was confirmed on the 14th January that the Bone Marrow Transplant has rejected, as Wills bloods were dropping consistently. This being the case, Wills will now have to undergo a second round of high dose chemo starting 30th January, with a second Bone Marrow Transplant on 6th February.
Geoffrey Morris' involvement (page creator)
I am a family friend of the Duthie's and one of the founders of The Chemo Crazies Charitable Trust who provide distraction packs to children going through Cancer.
Use of funds
Funds rasied will be used to ease the strain of living expenses for the family over the next few months and going forward.
Wills is doing remarkably well after his second transplant, his blood counts are consistently stable and as of Monday he has an almost "normal" blood count. He is feeling and looking really well. The decision has been made by the medical team that we are safer at home in these crazy times we are all experiencing. This decision for me comes with much anxiousness but I understand exactly where they are coming from too. He is immune compromised so even after this 4 week isolation we will still be inside our safe place at home for a while yet. We look forward to catching up with you over the coming months when it will be safe to visit.
Again thank each and everyone of you for your generosity and kind messages that flood my phone regularly you have all been a huge part of this journey and this means more than I can ever express,
We are so very proud of our boy - he has fought the biggest battle of his life. at times when things were very scary and unknown he found it within himself to push on through and beat this...and he has!
Thank you all much love and stay safe everyone xx
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This page was created on 19 Jan 2020 and closes on 18 Jul 2020.