Bubble boy in hunt for a donor

Bubble boy in hunt for a donor

Mar 18 2007

Laura Kemp, Wales on Sunday

BOY in the Bubble Rhys Harris is searching for a bone marrow donor.

The six-year-old from Newbridge is one of only six people in the world to suffer from Nemo, a genetic disease which hits the immune system.

His condition has left him with tuberculosis and doctors give him only a slim chance of survival.

But before he is given chemotherapy and placed in a sterile ward separated from the outside world by airtight doors, he needs a bone marrow transplant.

People in good health aged 18-40 are invited to a local donor session on Wednesday from 4-7pm at Hollybush Primary School in Ton Road, Cwmbran.

The Anthony Nolan Trust’s donor recruitment manager Karen Archer said: “Thousands need a bone marrow transplant each year and only one third find a compatible donor in their family.

“Rhys could have a bright future and so could the other 7,000 patients waiting to find a donor.”

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