Belfast Telegraph

A Christmas of joy

A little boy who has spent most of the year in London recovering from a life-saving bone marrow transplant enjoyed Christmas at home with his ‘saviour sibling’ yesterday.

Joshua Fletcher, eight, from Moira was born with a rare incurable condition which meant he needed the transplant to survive.

But thanks to the miracle of modern science his five-year-old sister Jodie, the UK’s first so-called ‘designer baby’, was able to save his life.

Joshua was just six weeks old when he was diagnosed with Diamond Blackfan Anaemia (DBA), an incredibly rare condition which means his body was unable to make red blood cells.

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