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Cancer boy too ill for transplant

Joel Picker-Spence
Joel Picker-Spence's family will celebrate Christmas early

A six-year-old Nottinghamshire boy with leukaemia who had been found a perfect bone marrow match is too unwell to have the transplant.

Joel Picker-Spence, from Farndon near Newark, was diagnosed with the condition more than three years ago and had been in remission.

His mother, Anne-Marie Picker-Spence, said tests on Thursday revealed the cancer cells had returned.

The family now plans to bring Christmas forward for Joel to enjoy.

'Aggressive' cancer

"We were told yesterday that unfortunately the cells are back so there is no way we can go ahead with the bone marrow transplant," said Mrs Picker-Spence.

"The tests were clear on Monday but his leukaemia is so aggressive now.

"We've got to be strong now as a us our life is normal until he gets too poorly."

A special clinic was held in August to find Joel a bone marrow donor.

But doctors faced a race against time to save his life, as a blood transfusion revealed he had suffered a relapse.

He had a week of intensive chemotherapy to get him well enough for the transplant but the treatment failed to work.

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