HE is only four years old but Bailey Cooper is fighting leukaemia for the second time.
Livewire Bailey was originally diagnosed with the killer condition when he was just nine months old.
The Shiney Row youngster was eventually given the all clear but now, two years later, his family have been told he has developed a much more aggressive form of the disease.
Devastated mum Karly Morris, who is still reeling from the news, has said their only hope now is that a matching bone marrow donor can be found.
Karly, 22, of Shiney Row, said: “He has been told that he has another form of leukaemia and that he desperately needs a donor.
“The new form of leukaemia he has is more aggressive than the one he had before and the treatment is very hard.
“We need a bone marrow transplant to cure it.
“We found out because he was starting to feel really poorly and so went in for a check-up.
“He’s coping really well with it but we need to make sure he doesn’t get an infection. He has no immune system because of the chemotherapy.
“I’m absolutely devastated as I’d just started studying at university and I thought we had managed to get over it from last time.
“I was also really shocked that it’s a new form because when they told me he had it again I presumed it would be the same type.
“As a single parent I’m on my own and so it can be hard to cope. His grandparents have been a big help though as we now live near to them.
“He has to go for appointments at the RVI in Newcastle and the staff there have been absolutely brilliant.”
In March 2008 Karly almost lost Bailey after he was first diagnosed. At the time, he was the youngest leukaemia patient at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.
And since then the tot has had to battle through chemotherapy, severe allergies and meningitis as he has fought to beat the illness.
He also underwent emergency surgery after an allergic reaction to some drugs caused his pancreas to develop a large cyst.