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Wait for Litherland boy Charlie Fearns after bone marrow transplant

THE family of a seven-year-old Merseyside boy with leukaemia face an anxious wait to find out if a potentially life-saving bone marrow transplant was a success.

Charlie Fearns, from Litherland, had the transplant on Friday January 25 after battling acute lymphoblastic leukaemia for four years.

Dad Rob, 30, is staying with Charlie while he is in isolation at Alder Hey children’s hospital and said the family does not yet know whether the transplant has worked.

But he said they were staying positive.

He said: “Between day 10 and 14 after the transplant they expect the bone marrow to start grafting and patients start to get a rash on their feet and hands.

“Charlie actually has that rash but because he got it before day 10 they have done tests for chicken pox and measles – so until they come back we will not know.

“We are trying to keep positive.”

Charlie’s bone marrow donor was found by the Anthony Nolan Trust in Germany but was initially reluctant to take part.

Rob said: “He said he could not do it in January, February or March but we could not wait that long and Charlie would not live if he did not get that transplant.

“We were absolutely gutted.

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