THE heroic actions of a boy who donated bone marrow to his little brother have earned him hero status from his family.
Dane Bradford-Disney willingly offered himself up for the procedure after his cancer-striken brother Aston stopped responding to chemotherapy. He was 10 at the time.
Aston, seven, is now in remission, and Dane has suffered no adverse effects from his donation. They may be over their ordeal, but their family remains incredibly proud of both the lads.
Their dad, Mark, told the Mail: “I’m so proud of both of them. They’re my heroes now. Growing up, it was footballers, but now it’s those two. They’re such an inspiration.”
Aston was only six when he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia.
His parents had taken him to the doctors after he complained that his legs were hurting on the walk to school. They thought they would wait for weeks for test results to come back, but later that same day, the doctor came to give them the bad news.
Aston was referred to hospital in Leicester, and then to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, where he stayed for five-and-a-half months as he underwent a course of aggressive chemotherapy.
“Even though he was in there, he never complained. He cruised through it. We thought everything was good, until the doctor told his it wasn’t working,” said Mr Disney, who lives in Hilton.
A transplant was the only option, and, miraculously, Dane was a perfect match.
Doctors in Sheffield drilled into his bone to extract the marrow, before transplanting it into his brother. After an anxious wait, the good news arrived that it had worked.
“He just did it for the love of his brother. I don’t think it’s sunk in what they have both been through. I think it will hit them when they’re older,” Mr Disney said.
Both Aston and Dane have been put forward for the Burton Mail Children of Courage and Achievement awards.
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