Father of two, Richie, diagnosed with a rare blood disorder
Richie, from Kirkby in Merseyside, is a loving husband and father of two who was diagnosed with haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis – a very rare blood disorder – in December 2017.
Richie had been experiencing flu like symptoms but didn’t think too much of it until his health deteriorated. Having developed a rash and sore throat, Richie visited Aintree Hospital where his health further deteriorated and he was put on the critical care ward.
Doctors confirmed Richie’s diagnosis and he began chemotherapy but he was told he needed a blood stem cell transplant to survive. His father, Richard Snr, said:
“The worst part of all this was when we were actually told he only had a week [to live].
“He was on a ventilator and doctors said they could try a new drug, but if that didn’t work within seven days, they said there was nothing more they could do.”
Thankfully, Richie’s health began to improve but he is still desperately seeking a matching blood stem cell donor for his second chance of life. Unfortunately a match wasn’t found within Richie’s family so they have launched an appeal, #Register4Richie, to encourage as many people as possible to register as a potential blood stem cell donor.
Richard Snr added “I want to say to people that even if you are not a match for my son, by registering you could be a match for someone else.”
Since being admitted to hospital Richie has only been able to see his children three times due to the severity of his condition. His children miss him and George, Richie’s three-year-old son, often asks for his daddy.
If you’re already registered, you don’t need to register again but please continue to raise awareness about blood cancer and blood stem cell donation by encouraging friends and family to register. Together we can save more lives!