Danny waits for bone marrow transplant

Living in hope... eight month old Danny Bryan. Credit: ITV News

A young Middlesbrough boy is one of many children in the North East waiting for a bone marrow transplant to save his life.

Danny Bryan of Nunthorpe has Wiskott Aldrich Syndrome which means his immune system isn't working properly. Every week he's brought by his mother Claire to the Bubble Unit at the Great North Children's Hospital in Newcastle. There he's put on a drip which will help protect him from infections until a suitable donor is found.

The selection is done by the Anthony Nolan trust who are appealing for more people to be tested as possible donors. The procedure involves sending a sample of saliva for testing.

There are ten beds in the Bubble Unit in Newcastle and around 30 bone marrow transplants are carried out every year.