Isabelle, 13, was diagnosed with two serious blood disorders, including aplastic anaemia, a condition where the body does not produce enough blood cells, in August 2021.
Izzie’s dad Neilexplained “Isabelle had become a little low on energy, mainly when playing sports. She seemed tired a lot and would have long lie-ins, although this is not unusual for a person of her age. Isabelle then developed unexplained bruising on her limbs, which raised concerns and so a doctor was consulted who recommended a blood test.”
Isabelle underwent treatment in October 2021. She is waiting to find out if it has a positive effect. If not, she will still need a blood stem cell transplant. She has been receiving regular transfusions of both blood and platelets.
Izzie is a mature, confident and outgoing teenager. She’s an Aston Villa fan, a great cook and enjoys TikTok. Prior to her diagnosis, she played netball in a league.
Izzie’s parents, Neil and Sally, both West Midlands police officers, are calling for more people to register as potential blood stem cell donors, after their daughter’s diagnosis. For many people with blood cancer or a blood disorder, like Izzie, a donation from a matching blood stem cell donor is their best and sometimes only chance of survival.
Neil said: “It takes a few minutes to complete the registration form and another few minutes to complete the swab kit. Its free and could save a life”.
If you are aged 17-55 and in general good health, please come along to the event and sign up as a blood stem cell donor, or you can register online. You could be the perfect match for someone in desperate need.