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Thursday, January 14, 1999 Published at 18:03 GMT


Schoolboy gives mum transplant hope

Mrs Bradley will undergo potentially life-saving surgery

A schoolboy is donating bone marrow to his mother who is suffering from a rare form of leukaemia.

Twelve-year-old Martin Bradley was found to be a perfect match for his mother Christine, who is only the 17th person in the world to be diagnosed with the rare strain of the disease.

A transplant is Mrs Bradley's only chance of survival.

All her family offered to donate their bone marrow - but only young Martin was a perfect match.

Martin, from Balby, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, said he was happy to be able to help: "I want to do it for my mum."

Shop worker Mrs Bradley became ill six years ago, but as time has passed, her treatment - using chemotherapy drugs - has become less and less effective.

"The transplant is the only chance of a cure," she said. "There comes a time when the treatment isn't working enough.

"Usually only your brothers and sisters are tested. I've one sister and she's not a match so we asked if the kids could be tested.

"The chances of your child being a perfect match are very, very rare. It's fate, it really is."

The transplant is due to take place at Weston Park Hospital, Sheffield, at the end of the month.

If all goes to plan, Mrs Bradley will remain in hospital for six weeks, with Martin released after three days.

His father Mick said: "We're all looking forward to the operation. Obviously there's a lot of worry, but we're all hopeful it will be a success.

"Martin's biggest concern is that he will be fit in time to play for his football team, Warmsworth Lions, who are top of the league."

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