One-year-old with leukaemia inspires 600 people to get swabbed to find her a stem cell donor

Mail Online | 7/15/2019 | Vanessa Chalmers Health Reporter For Mailonline
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A one-year-old with leukaemia has inspired more than 600 people to sign up to a bid to find her a stem cell donor after chemotherapy failed to cure her cancer.

Phoebe Ashfield was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) after a chest infection over Christmas, when she was just seven months old.

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Parents Emma Wyke, 26, and Jordan Ashfield, 26, had their lives turned 'upside down' following their daughter's diagnosis.

Gruelling chemotherapy has not worked for Phoebe, and now her only option is a stem cell transplant to treat the blood cancer.

Phoebe - Parents - Match - Race - Time

Phoebe's parents were not a match so, in a race against time, friends and family took to Facebook in a desperate search for stranger donors.

And more than 600 people turned up to swab events over the weekend, giving the family fresh hope.

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Mother-of-one Ms Wyke, who gave up her telesales executive job to be a full-time carer, was 'overwhelmed' by the amount of people who turned up to be tested.

She said: 'I was full of emotion at the time. It was so overwhelming. The fact that people had taken time out of their day to come down and see if they were a match for Phoebe.

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'It just makes things more real. It was such a good turn out. There aren't words to describe it.

'As a parent seeing all these people come down and you can't thank them enough, thank you doesn't seem to enough.'

Phoebe - ALL - Cancer - Blood - Cells

Phoebe was diagnosed with ALL, in which cancer attacks the white blood cells, at Birmingham Children's Hospital on January 18th.

Ms Wyke said: 'It started off as a cold and chest infection just Christmas last year.

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'I had taken her to the doctors and they gave her some antibiotics but she still didn't get over it a week later.

'She had been sick all over her dad and...
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