Parents of cancer tot say time is running out

The parents of toddler Margot Martini who was diagnosed with two types of leukaemia last October have revealed that time may be running out for their little girl.

She was diagnosed aged almost 14 months, with both Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) and Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML).

A global appeal, backed by celebrities including John Bishop, tennis star Boris Becker and X Factor winner Sam Bailey, was launched for a bone marrow match, with 50,000 people requesting swab kits from Delete Blood Cancer UK.

A match was found and the 21-month-old underwent a transplant in February.

But her father Yaser, from Essington in Staffordshire, posted on Facebook under ‘Team Margot’ that the latest test results show that the “extremely aggressive leukaemia” has now come back quicker than anybody had anticipated.

In a post on Margot’s webpage and Facebook page, he said: "The disease has progressed from one per cent three weeks ago to somewhere between 60-80 per cent. Our understanding is that leukaemia grows exponentially, so time is not our friend."