Edward, eight, was an energetic boy who loved sports – football and swimming - and days out with his mum, dad and sister.
In early 2022 Edward was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL).
Between November 2021 and February 2022, Edward initially experienced some mild symptoms, including cold symptoms, tummy ache, snoring and hearing loss. Over the next few weeks, Edward developed further hearing loss and inflamed lymph nodes.
After six GP appointments where symptoms were ignored and dismissed, Edward made a trip to A&E. Here he was finally diagnosed and transferred by ambulance to GOSH.
Over the next 10 months, Edward completed all of his high-dose chemotherapy in front-line treatment which put him into remission. In December 2022, at the appointment where Edward was due to start a more gentle maintenance treatment, it was discovered that he had sadly relapsed.
As he had just finished intense chemotherapy, the only curative option left for Edward is a bone marrow transplant, which he is currently waiting to receive.
“At the moment we think Edward's sister will be his donor but this process has shown us how important the public register is. We want to help raise awareness, to get as many people on the register as possible” his mum Kirsty explained.
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