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Family of Merseyside leukaemia sufferer 'win lottery' as donor is found, but urge people to join register

THE family of a Merseyside boy who had an agonising wait to find a donor for a potentially life-saving transplant today spoke of “winning the lottery” after a match was found in Germany.

Seven-year-old Charlie Fearns, from Litherland, was first diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in March 2009.

After responding to chemotherapy he was given the all clear in May this year but by August had relapsed and parents Rob and Sophie were told by doctors at Alder Hey he would need a bone marrow transplant.

Charlie Fearns, 7, with brother Harrison, 4.

On Friday, after seven weeks of waiting, they received the news that a match for Charlie had been found in Germany. Now his family are urging more people to sign up for the bone marrow register to help other desperate families..

Rob, 30, said: “We had bought a lottery ticket on the Wednesday but when we got the news on Friday we just thought even if we won, you can stick the £130m, we’re happy now, we have got what we want.

“It was a massive relief.”

Initially the family were told there were six potential matches.

Rob said: “None of those turned out to be a match which was hard.

“We knew it could take a while and we had to stay positive for Charlie.”

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