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Family of baby with leukaemia appeal for bone marrow donors

  • Video report by ITV Wales National Correspondent Rob Osborne

A family of a six-month-old baby diagnosed with leukaemia are appealing for people to join the bone marrow register.

Bethan Morgan, from Aberdare, took her son Harri Stickler to the GP with some swelling under his eye. Within days he had been given the life-changing diagnosis.

Harri's great-aunt Clare said the family are still coming to terms with the heartbreaking news, which came just weeks before Christmas.

Harri had some sort of lump or swelling by his eye. When Bethan took him to the surgery in Aberdare he wasn't himself that day but he hadn't been unwell.

Her instinct told her something wasn't quite right and he was diagnosed within hours of seeing the doctor. We couldn't ask for better treatment of him, the doctors are absolute angels.

– Clare Werrett, Harri's great-aunt
Credit: Family photo

Harri has now begun a three-month cycle of chemotherapy to tackle the cancer.

If the treatment is successful, he will then need a bone marrow transplant.

It's still quite raw. Everyone is still coming to term with the diagnosis and what it will mean.

There are so many things to get your head around.

It's going to be a long journey and Harri has a long fight so the family need a lot of support and love.

It's so close to Christmas and everyone is so joyful and they are living in a nightmare.

– Clare Werrett, Harri's great-aunt

Harri and his parents are staying in the Noah's Ark Children's Hospital in Cardiff, while Harri's six-year-old brother Logan stays with other relatives.

The family are being supported by the Welsh children's cancer charity Latch.

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