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Toddler saves big brother in battle against leukaemia


A mum has revealed how her toddler son helped save the life of his older brother battling leukaemia - by donating his own bone marrow and umbilical cord.

Joshua Nicholson, from Solihull, was first diagnosed with the cancer in August 2014 at the age of five, but the football-mad youngster later recovered following treatment.

Unfortunately, Joshua's condition took an unfortunate turn for the worst in January this year, and meant his best chance of survival was to receive a bone marrow transplant.

Mum Victoria with her two sons, Joshua and Luke Credit: BPM MEDIA

With his young brother Luke as the closest bone marrow match, the decision was taken to use donate some of bone marrow from 18-month-old toddler.

What's more, Mum Victoria and dad Matthew had also decided to freeze Luke's umbilical chord after his birth, as stem cells found in blood can also be used to fight cancer.

Both bone marrow and umbilical chord cells were used in Joshua’s treatment and both he and 18-month-old Luke are now doing well.

Mum Victoria said:

The doctors at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, who have been absolutely amazing, said it was the biggest turnaround for a child they had ever seen. Although we have had some hard times, we have been lucky in so many ways. Josh is now starting to make a recovery and the boys are closer than ever.

– Victoria, Josh and Luke's mother