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Blood brothers: Diagnosed with a rare, deadly disease, how one NI schoolboy was saved by a very special donor


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Caden Moore. Picture: Colm O'Reilly

Caden Moore. Picture: Colm O'Reilly

Caden Moore and brother Ben.

Caden Moore and brother Ben.

The Moore family, from front left to right: Mum Sabrina, Caden, dad Bryan, (back) Ben, Kaia.

The Moore family, from front left to right: Mum Sabrina, Caden, dad Bryan, (back) Ben, Kaia.

Caden Moore with his dog Kobe

Caden Moore with his dog Kobe

Caden Moore. Picture: Colm O'Reilly

A Ballymoney family is raising awareness of the stem cell donor register - after their youngest son Caden was saved by bone marrow from his big brother.

Caden Moore was diagnosed with an ultra-rare condition called Very Severe Aplastic Anaemia (VSAA), which meant his body could not produce enough blood.

His only hope of survival was a bone marrow transplant; and thankfully his brother Ben, older by three years, was a perfect match.