THE FAMILY of a seriously ill two-year-old were cautiously celebrating this week after news that the tot’s operation has been successful.
Abigail Case was diagnosed with a rare condition before Christmas last year which affected her immune system and left her highly susceptible to illness.
The aplastic anaemia threatened her life and Abigail’s family launched a heartfelt plea last December for a bone marrow donor on the front page of the News.
Following a transplant in March, baby Abigail appeared to be on the mend. But last week she broke out in a rash after the levels of anti-reaction drugs were lowered. Now doctors say she must carry on taking the drugs until February.
Her great grandmother, Sadie Moore, from Crossley Street, Ripley, said: “We still have to be careful that she doesn’t get any viruses or infections for the next six months. We can see a bit of light at the end of the tunnel now.”
Abigail, from Kingsworth Street in Mackworth, Derby, will have to take penicillin every day for the rest of her life.
Her family also have to be ‘exceptionally clean’ now said Sade, 74, to avoid her getting any sort of infection. Abigail’s immune system was so low after the operation she could not interact with other children.
She was due to see her cousin for the first time in months this week.
But the two-year-old is developing as a bright young girl. Sadie said: “She loves playing on the Wii, and she’s always dancing. She’s been through a lot but she bounces back, she’s going to be a bright one too.
“She can count up to 20 and picks things up very quickly. Sometimes I forget she’s only two!”