Sunderland tot takes first steps while battling rare condition

Chloe Grey of Powis Raod, Plains Farm, Sunderland now walking with the aid of a walking frame.
Chloe Grey of Powis Raod, Plains Farm, Sunderland now walking with the aid of a walking frame.
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FINDING her feet at last, little Chloe Grey takes her first steps to a brighter future.

The tot, who turned two in June, is now walking with the help of a special frame.

Chloe is battling diamond blackfan anaemia and has been unable to walk or stand due to the severity of the condition.

But now she is thrilled to be up on her feet and having fun with new friends at Thorney Close nursery, which she joined earlier this year.

Her mum Francesca, 21, of Plains Farm, said: “She uses the walking frame all the time now. It’s great to see.

“She still can’t walk or stand up by herself, but it’s nice to see her being able to get around with the frame.

“She loves it at nursery and really enjoys being able to get out and about.”

Chloe needs a life-saving blood transplant once a month as she battles the rare disorder.

She will eventually need a bone marrow transplant to keep her alive, but her body cannot cope with the chemotherapy needed.

Medics believe it will take about 10 years before she is able to undergo the transplant. Until then, she will have to continue with the blood transfusions.

Francesca, who lives with Chloe’s dad Craig Bowser and sister Millie, six, said: “She’s doing really well at the moment.

“She had a couple of bad reactions to medication, but the doctors changed them and they seem to be working well now.”

A year ago, the Echo launched the Chloe’s Call-Up campaign, urging Wearsiders to help save a life and give blood.

With fears that blood stocks will tumble during the Olympic Games, Francesca is making a plea for people to have a heart and become a donor.

She said: “If it wasn’t for blood donors, Chloe wouldn’t be here, so it really does save lives.

“It doesn’t take long to do and it doesn’t hurt.”

Craig is currently organising 
a charity parachute jump to 
raise cash for the Diamond Blackfan Anaemia charity later this year.

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