Evie has had her blood stem cell transplant!
Eight-year-old Evie Hodgson, whom we have followed on her transplant journey since October, has finally been given a life-saving transplant!
Evie joins us from her hospital bed, alongside her mum Tina.
Evie was diagnosed with aplastic anaemia, a rare fatal blood disorder, in May 2020. Aplastic anaemia occurs when the bone marrow fails to produce enough of all three types of blood cells - red, white and platelets (the cells which form a clot to help heal a wound externally or internally). The only cure for the condition is a blood stem cell transplant.
But Evie’s initial hopes of a donor were shattered in August, when her donor pulled out three weeks before her operation.We last saw Evie back in December when she told us the incredible news she had found a new match. She then joined us again on Christmas Day when we transformed her barn into a winter wonderland and her hero Olly Murs surprised her on Facetime.After finding the donor match, Evie had a six-hour operation on Friday at the Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle. She's doing really well for now but will need to stay in hospital for the next six weeks or so for the transplant to be monitored.