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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 January, 2004, 18:30 GMT
New session to find Caitlin donor
Caitlin Behan
Almost 100 people turned up for a blood test to help a family's search to find a bone marrow donor for a six-year-old Northamptonshire girl.

Caitlin Behan, from Weston Favell, has Fanconi's anaemia, a potentially fatal disease, which prevents the bone marrow from producing blood cells normally.

The only hope of a cure for the rare condition is a bone marrow transplant.

The latest testing session, at Daventry Fire Station on Tuesday night, was the fourth public surgery in the search for a suitable donor.

Good turnout

Blood samples were taken from 90 potential donors.

Detective Inspector Neil McMahon, from Northampton CID, a friend and work colleague of Caitlin's father Sergeant Mark Behan said: "Considering the relatively small size of Daventry town, compared to Northampton where we have held previous surgeries, we consider this to have been a good turnout.

"We would like to pass on our thanks to everyone who turned up for a blood test, and also Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, the voluntary blood takers and police officers and staff from the Anthony Nolan Trust who made the session possible."

Caitlin has a rare tissue type which is proving an obstacle to finding a match and more testing sessions have been planned for next month.

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