Brave Scots tot born with two types of leukaemia to spend Christmas at home after second stem cell transplant – The Scottish Sun

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A TODDLER born with two types of leukaemia will spend Christmas at home after recovering from a second stem cell transplant.

Amelia Topa, who turned two on Wednesday, was donated cells harvested from a newborn babys umbilical cord blood flown in from the US.

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The brave youngster is now in remission and is preparing to enjoy the festive season with relieved parents Kerri Paton, 23, and Igor Topa, 24, in Turriff, Aberdeenshire.

Recalling Junes life-saving op, mum Kerri said: Amelia soared through the transplant and shes doing really well. I couldnt be prouder.

Its rare enough to be born with leukaemia but to be born with a mix of two kinds is almost unheard of.

Worried medics alerted Amelias parents to raised purple spots on her body shortly after she was born at Dr Grays Hospital, Elgin.

She was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and acute myeloid leukaemia and spent Christmas 2017 in hospital.

The tot was given a bone marrow transplant six months later using stem cells donated by a man aged between 16 and 30.

The treatment worked but tests showed Amelias cancer had returned in February.

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She endured gruelling chemo before her second transplant in the summer.

Kerri added: I hope Amelias story will help other families going through cancer. There is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Amelia has now been chosen to receive Cancer Research UKs first Children & Young People Star Award.

The prize, backed by TK Maxx and stars including Dame Emma Thompson, is open to under-18s battling cancer or who have been treated in the last five years.

The charitys Lisa Adams said: Were calling on families to nominate inspirational youngsters so we can recognise their courage.

VISIT cruk.org/childrenand youngpeople to nominate.

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