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MY BRAVE LITTLE GIRL HAS GONE . . Mum's tears for transplant tragedy Ella.

LITTLE Ella Wright - who with brother Sam inspired an ECHO campaign for more bone marrow donors - has died.

The eight-year-old passed away after suffering complications from the procedure it was hoped would save her life.

She suffered months of serious illness following her own bone marrow transplant in February.

Heartbroken mum Sally, of Southport, who spent most of the last year by her daughter's side at the Royal Manchester children's hospital, said Ella was "the bravest and most courageous little person in the world - my inspiration".

She said: "In the end, there were too many things going wrong with her to name. She had gut failure, organ failure and pneumonia.

"But she died peacefully with her family all around her. She just went to sleep and did not wake."

Ella's younger brother Sam was born with the same rare immune deficiency and is also awaiting a transplant.

Mrs Wright said: "It is more heartbreaking than I can put into words to describe the loss of a child, and I feel lost, but at the end I could see she needed to go.

"She had no fight left. At least she will not be in pain anymore."

Ella and Sam became campaigners for the Anthony Nolan Trust and thousands of Merseysiders signed up to the bone marrow register after being moved by their plight.

Victoria Moffett, from the trust, said: "The Wright family made a substantial difference by speaking publicly about their daughter and we greatly appreciate their contribution.

"Despite having so much to consider within their family, they highlighted the need for bone marrow donors, not only for Ella but for the 16,000 other people in need of a transplant."

Ella's funeral will take place at Ainsdale Methodist church on Friday November 6 at 1.30pm.

Flowers are welcome - pink were the little girl's favourite - or any donations to the bone marrow unit of the Royal Manchester children's hospital.

HOW YOU CAN HELP IF you would like to join the Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow register, call 0901 8822234 for an information pack, complete a medical form and a blood sampling kit will be sent to your GP surgery.

The blood sample will be tissue-typed and the information held on a database of donors which is regularly searched for the thousands of patients who are looking for a match.

Log on to www.anthonynolan.org.uk/in the UK or www.bmdw.org/to find bone marrow registers from around the world.

For those aged between 40 and 44, you can join The British Bone Marrow Registry by calling 0845 771 1711.

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