Finn McEwen: Family's bone marrow appeal to help save seven-year-old with rare condition

Posted: March 16, 2015 at 9:47 am

A little boy with an extremely rare condition is in desperate need of a transplant to save his life.

Finn McEwen, seven, from Litherland has bone marrow failure and now his family are facing a race against time to find a stem cell match.

His condition, myelodysplastic syndrome, is extremely rare in children and cannot be treated with chemotherapy, so a transplant is Finns only hope.

His family, including dad Neil, 46, baby sister Seren, 18 months, and brother Lucas, 6, have all been ruled out as matches and Finn needs to have the transplant within the next six to eight weeks to have the best chance of recovery.

His mum Carole, 43, told the Liverpool Echo Finn has always been well and active, and it was a massive shock when doctors said he had the condition.

The family had to endure weeks of waiting after Finn suffered a serious nosebleed in January before doctors could find out what was wrong with him, as it is extremely difficult to diagnose.

Cry for help: A transplant is the only cure for the condition, which is caused by bone marrow not making enough healthy red blood cells

Carole said: Its been this massive rollercoaster, up and down. We couldnt believe it, it came from nowhere. We thought it was nothing and then thought it could be leukaemia, and then we had that couple of weeks where we thought it was going to be OK.

This is a hundred times worse than before. Every time we go in there seems to be an extra bit of bad news. It just feels like its your worst nightmare.

A transplant is the only cure for the condition, which is caused by bone marrow not making enough healthy red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.

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