Hopes high as Leeds leukaemia tot Skye allowed home

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A baby with two types of leukaemia has been allowed home during a wait to see whether treatment has been successful.

Skye Sutcliffe had a bone marrow transplant last month, donated by her three-year-old brother Harvey.

Now the nine-month-old has recovered so well that she has come home while her mum Amie Mills and dad DamionSutcliffe wait for news.

Her mum said: “Skye’s doing amazingly and it’s been good to be home all together again.

“It’s amazing to see her interact with her brothers, which is vital for her development. She has become her own person over these last few months and has a very likable character.”

Skye, from Middleton, Leeds, was four months old when she became ill in January.

After tests, she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

She started treatment immediately at Leeds Children’s Hospital, however soon after was also diagnosed with a second type of leukaemia – a combination which is extremely rare.

Medics said a bone marrow transplant was essential and Harvey was found to be a good match after the whole family, including her four-year-old brother Riley, were tested.

Harvey impressed everyone with his bravery and since the transplant Skye has been doing well.

The tot has now been allowed back home, where she is in isolation to avoid infection, but needs regular hospital treatment.

Amie said they were still waiting to see if the transplant had been successful.

“We are crossing everything thing for the news to be positive.

“Both Harvey and Skye have been true soldiers and we are beyond proud of them both, not to mention how proud we are of Riley too.

“He is always asking about Skye when she hasn’t been here and asking questions to understand what’s actually happening.”

Meanwhile three mums at Middleton Primary School – Lesley Burrows, Nadine Parker and Lisa Wright – organised a collection to give Harvey a treat.

Along with the proceeds of a sponsored silence by staff at Jack Fulton in Middleton, £167 was raised and Harvey has been presented with a voucher for Smyths toy shop.

* Support the #FingerscrossedforSkye campaign at www.facebook.com/SkyesALL. Donate to fundraising for charities Candlelighters and Delete Blood Cancer via www.justgiving.com/Skye-Sutcliffe or www.justgiving.com/skye-sutcliffe1.


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