A teenage girl has achieved a medical first by becoming the youngest person in the world to donate stem cells to a complete stranger.
Victoria Rathmill from Cheshire is now being hailed as another success story for the bone marrow register set up by the Anthony Nolan charity.
Mel Barham reports.
Victoria Rathmill signed up after family friend fell ill with rare form of leukaemia - she says its not difficult to do and you could save a life. Find out more about Anthony Nolan and how to sign up to the donor register on their website.
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Victoria Rathmill, 17, became the youngest donor in October after she was found to be a match to a patient suffering from blood cancer.
The A-level pupil, from Macclesfield, Cheshire, signed up to the Anthony Nolan bone marrow register in February when she was just 16.
There's a race against time to find a bone marrow match for a young boy who has inspired thousands to sign up to the donor register.
Nine year old Sam Wright - from Southport - has the same rare genetic illness that's already claimed the life of his older sister Ella.
Now a blood test has shown his condition is getting worse and time is running out to find the tissue match which could save his life.
Matt O'Donoghue reports
The race is on to find a bone marrow match for a little boy who's inspired thousands to sign up to the register.
Nine year old Sam Wright - from Southport - has the same rare genetic illness that claimed the life of his older sister Ella.
His family have been campaigning for eight years to find a donor.
They've encouraged thousands of people to sign up to the Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Register: http://www.anthonynolan.org/
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