Tot’s life-saving transplant

18-month-old William Morris, from Chester-le-Street, County Durham, who suffers from Leukaemia, has received a life-saving stem cell transplant from an anonymous newborn's umbilical cord in the USA, after no suitable matches could be found in the UK.   Pictured with mum Catherine .

18-month-old William Morris, from Chester-le-Street, County Durham, who suffers from Leukaemia, has received a life-saving stem cell transplant from an anonymous newborn's umbilical cord in the USA, after no suitable matches could be found in the UK. Pictured with mum Catherine .

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A POORLY tot has been given a life-saving stem cell transplant by North East medics.

William Morris has been battling leukaemia since he was just seven-weeks-old.

Now the brave 18-month-old has had the killer condition treated with cord blood stem cells taken from a newborn baby’s umbilical cord.

Doctors sourced the anonymous donor to save William, from Chester-le-Street, after an appeal in the US.

His proud mother Catherine Wray, 28, said: “I don’t know who the donor is, but I wish I could send a letter to the mum saying ‘thank you for helping to save my son’s life.’”

Ms Wray, a family intervention project worker for Durham County Council – who is pregnant with twins – added: “When William was diagnosed with leukaemia, it was devastating. It was the last thing that we had expected.

“But we had full faith in the consultants and are so grateful that a stem cell match was found.”

Dad Chris, 28, who works at Nissan in Washington, said: “William is like any other child his age and to look at him, you would not think that anything had been wrong.

“He is a cheeky and lovable boy. He is so special in every way.”