A FIVE-YEAR-OLD boy who found a life-saving donor after 5,000 people queued in the rain to be tested as a match is fighting for his life after the cancer returned.
Oscar Saxelby-Lee, five, now needs £500,000 to pay for the potentially life-saving treatment after being diagnosed just before Christmas last year.
The little boy had stolen the nation’s heart after his family had desperately appealed for a living stem cell donor and thousands turned up to be tested.
Oscar then underwent the transplant in June, along with gruelling chemotherapy and full body radiotherapy but devastatingly, the disease has returned.
And his parents Olivia Saxelby and Jamie Lee have appealed to the public for help once more, with the much-needed treatment not covered under the NHS.
Mum Olivia, 23, said: “We received the devastating news Oscar’s chances of a cure are very slim since he has recently relapsed post his stem cell transplant.
“Obviously relapsing with any disease minimises your options but because Oscar’s aggressive disease is back only three months post bone marrow transplant he is at even higher risk.
“T-Cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia is a very tough disease to tackle but there are cases where a second transplant and a new trial called CAR-T have worked.
“With Oscar remaining unbelievably strong and with much fight left in him, we just have to try everything and anything to save him.”
No matter how hard his battle has become he always shines the light for you all
She explained the NHS would not fund the CAR-T trial in Singapore, or fund a second transplant.
The mum added: “This is why we need you, we need everyone’s support and kindness to get him through to the next stage of treatment.
“We really are on a tight schedule, a schedule no child should be on.”
The family, from St John’s, Worcester, said despite everything, Oscar was always smiling and fighting.
Olivia said: “Oscar is a true smiler. Never is there a day he doesn’t show his little dimples. No matter how hard his battle has become he always shines the light for you all, a cheeky friendly little boy with so much love to give.”
It comes after 5,000 people queued for hours outside Pitmaston Primary in the rain to get tested to see if they were a match for him to get a live-saving stem cell transplant.
And a charity has since helped him to attend school from his hospital bed with a robot that projects his face.
Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust fitted Oscar with a state-of-the-art “Ozzybot”, giving him the chance to interact with his teachers and classmates at Pitmanson Primary School.
The robot even has in-built eyes to let Oscar communicate how he’s feeling in class using happy, confused or sad eyes on the app for the device.
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