A six-year-old girl has saved her baby brother’s life after demanding that she become his bone marrow donor, their proud parents say.
Four-month-old Caleb Ashby would have died if his sister Sophia didn’t volunteer to be his donor, declaring: “If I give Caleb my bones he will live”.
The baby boy, whose family is from Barwell, Leicestershire in England, was at risk of dying from something as basic as a common cold due to a shortage of blood cells that fight off infections.
The infant was in urgent need of a bone marrow transplant, and schoolgirl Sophie was a 100 per cent match.
She had her bone marrow extracted from her hip before it was donated to poorly Caleb, just a few beds away.
Parents Kelsey Stynes, 28, and Lee Ashby, 31, had to wait for two weeks to find out Caleb’s body had 100 per cent accepted his sister’s bone marrow.
Four weeks on, Caleb is set to make a full recovery, and protective Sophia – who has a stronger bond than ever with her little brother – has refused to leave his side.
She’s recovered from her op, but is attending the hospital school after being given special permission to keep a close eye on her brother until he goes home in six to eight weeks.