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Father of Jamie Inglis to be stem cells donor
THE father of a six-year-old boy bravely fighting cancer is likely to be a stem cell donor for medical treatment which could potentially save his life.
Jamie Inglis has a 75 per cent chance of survival if he successfully goes through a clinical trial in Germany, according to his oncologist at Leeds General Infirmary, an expert on neuroblastoma.
This form of cancer is so aggressive that treatment in the UK is inadequate and will prolong Jamie’s life only for months, so his family are in the process of raising £250,000 to fund the treatment. They have currently raised about £80,000.
Jamie’s parents, John and Vicky, of Kelfield, near Selby , have been tested to see who would be the most appropriate donor.
John has been chosen by the experts because he has the best properties to assist Jamie’s immune system, which does not recognise cancer cells.
He is due to travel to Germany in early August, when he will have tests to detect any defects and to clarify that he can definitely be a donor.
Mr Inglis said: “We are really pleased, we feel quite positive – we have got to the main point, which is killing the disease he had. We are getting closer to receiving the treatment.” He said Jamie is also due for an appointment with his oncologist next week and for an MRI scan soon.
Jamie, a pupils at Lord Deramore’s Primary School in York, is due to travel to undergo treatment in Tubingen in Germany from August 20.
He will be given chemotherapy drugs to lower his immune system in order to introduce the stem cells which are intended to repair his immune system.
As his immune system will be very low, he will be in isolation for six to eight weeks in the hospital. His parents will be with him throughout the procedure.
After Jamie returns home, he is expected to make monthly trips to Germany for a while for check-ups and follow-up treatment.
To donate to Jamie’s appeal, visit justgiving.com/jamiesappeal