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Back on football field after my bone marrow battle.


SAVED BY TRANSPLANT FROM LITTLE BROTHER A FOOTBALL-MAD schoolboy who had a life-saving bone marrow cell transplant from his three-year-old brother is back playing soccer after recovering from gruelling treatment.

Shane Owen Firth, 14, from Penrhyndeudraeth, was left housebound after he was diagnosed with life threatening aplastic anaemia two years ago and told he may not survive to Christmas.

But in stepped little brother Jaydon, now aged five, who held the key to his recovery as he was a suitable bone marrow match.

After Shane underwent intensive chemotherapy to kill off his own bone marrow cells, 30% of Jaydon's bone marrow was transplanted at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool in August 2010. By last Christmas the family had the news that they had been praying for, that the bone marrow had not been rejected.

How we story in Since then Shane's recovery has continued and he has now realised his dream to be back on the football field - turning out for Penrhyndeudraeth under 16s.

Shane, a pupil at Ysgol Ardudwy, Harlech, said: "This is what I wanted when I was ill, I am pleased to be playing again."

Mum Amanda, 34, said: "Shane is back to normal now, how he was before he fell ill.

"He is out playing football, going to school and playing with his friends.

"He loves his football. When he was ill he always said he wanted to play football again and he started this season and is really enjoying it."

She added: "When you look back you wonder how you got through it, it feels like a bad dream.

"Nomumwants to see their child ill, even with a cold, so this was horrendous.

"The week when Shane and Jaydon were in Alder Hey was the worst week of my life.

"Back then we never thought about the future, it was one day at a time, looking back it does not feel real.

"We have not dwelt on what has happened, we are getting on with our lives.

reported the August 2010 "You never say the transplant has worked completely but so far it has gone very well and the marrow has not been rejected.

"Shane is still on anti-rejection drugs and these are gradually reduced each time he goes to Alder Hey, which is every six weeks.

"The only thing is that his hair has not grown back yet but doctors say it will come back over time. He is self conscious about it but when he on the football field he forgets about it.

"We have nothing but praise for the hospital, they saved Shane's life."


How we reported the story in August 2010 Shane Firth, 14, of Penrhyndeudraeth, is now back playing Junior Football for Penrhyn under 16''s after receiving bone marrow treatment from his brother Jaydon (inset below)
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 5, 2012
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