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Last Updated: Saturday, 24 April, 2004, 11:35 GMT 12:35 UK
Donor is found for second brother
Nathan, Allison and Luke Hartley (l-r)
The boys are four of only 100 people diagnosed with XLP
A potential bone marrow donor has been found for the second of four boys with a rare fatal condition.

All four Hartley brothers, from Romsey, Hampshire, have the extremely rare XLP condition, which attacks the immune system.

After a nationwide appeal for matching donors, a person has been found to be a 90% match to eight-year-old Daniel.

The eldest boy, Joshua, 12, is already set to receive a transplant from his mother, Allison.

Worldwide search

The boys' father, David Hartley, said: "It is very significant news - the nine out of 10 match for Daniel is good enough to go to transplant.

Daniel Hartley
The match is good enough for Daniel to undergo a transplant
"We would have preferred a 10 out of 10 match, but it is good news that we can go forward."

A spokeswoman from the Antony Nolan Trust, which maintains a register of bone marrow donors, said: "The response to David's campaign has been absolutely incredible.

"It shows there is such a thing as community spirit."

Donors are still being sought for the other two boys, Nathan, 10, and Luke, four.

More than 500 people have already given blood samples in the search for suitable bone marrow donors.

Anyone who is healthy and aged between 18 and 40 can join the Anthony Nolan Trust register and see if they are a match for the boys.

Those interested in joining the register should call 0901 88 22 234 or visit the trust's website. Calls cost 25p a minute.



The BBC's Steve Humphrey
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