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Joel’s transplant hope

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A seriously ill boy faces five days of intensive chemotherapy in the hope it will destroy leukaemia cells so a bone marrow transplant can take place.

A perfect bone marrow match has been found for Joel Picker-Spence (6) of The Meadows, Farndon.

Joel was in remission but on Friday, his mother Mrs Anne-Marie Spence (38), was told leukaemia cells had returned to his bone marrow and the transplant could not go ahead on September 28 as planned.

Joel returned to Ward E38 at the Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham, today (Monday) to start five days of chemotherapy.

Mrs Spence said Joels leukaemia was so aggressive that the transplant would be brought forward if he was given the all-clear.

She said although the match was not found as a result of the Advertisers blood-testing clinic at Kelham Hall on August 21, she was very grateful to everyone who attended.

Mrs Spence said: "It is not just for Joel. It is for everybody who is waiting for a transplant."

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