Mum of girl, 8, with rare illness is in ‘torture’ waiting for results of vital operation – Irish Mirror

Posted: January 19, 2021 at 2:46 pm

Little Evie's mum confessed it's "torture" and the "worst bit for a parent" waiting to find out results of her daughter's life-saving transplant.

Evie Hodgson, eight, was given a vital transplant from a stem cell donor after she was diagnosed with the rare blood disorder, aplastic anaemia.

The mother and daughter spoke to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on This Morning via video link from hospital in Newcastle on Tuesday.

It was at Great North Childrens Hospital where the little girl had the six-hour operation for the transplant.

Tina, 37, of Whitby, North Yorkshire, admitted it was "torturous" waiting to find out whether her daughter's body accepts the new bone marrow.

Their journey isn't over yet as the family won't find out for three to four weeks.

However, the mother expressed her relief was "phenomenal" now Evie had the life-saving transplant.

She said: "This is the worst bit for a parent. We got the donor, we had been searching for the transplant. It went ahead. The relief was phenomenal.

"We're waiting for her body to accept new stem cells. They've said three to four weeks. It's torture."

She added: "Absolutely, hopefully we will have some good news then."

Little Evie told This Morning presents that she feels "great" right now.

The brave girl gushed about the "kind" nurses and doctors who have been looking after her.

She said: "Yes, all the nurses and doctors are very kind to me. They're always getting me chocolate milk."

The mother and daughter duo will join Holly and Phil once again in three to four weeks' time once the results are in.

Evie was diagnosed with aplastic anaemia in May last year.

Aplastic anaemia is a disease where the body has a deficiency of all blood cells types.

Last year, Evie was unable to undergo vital surgery because her original donor dropped out in September.

At the time, the original donor was the only match available in the world before the new match was found.

The Mirrors Change the Law for Life crusade saw a new opt out' system introduced in England last May.

Named Max and Keiras Law in honour of our poster boy Max Johnson, 13, of Winsford, Cheshire, and his heart donor Keira Ball, nine, who died in a car accident near her home in Barnstaple, Devon, it means everyone is understood to be a donor when they die.

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