UK's first 'saviour sibling'

 Max Matthews, who is just 17-months-old, gave his elder sister Megan, 9, the ultimate Christmas present after blood taken from his umbilical cord and bone marrow was successfully used in a transplant for her.

Megan suffers from Fanconi anaemia and was not expected to live beyond seven years, and now Max, who was born specifically to provide stem cells to help treat her condition, has given her hope.

‘Fantastic progress’

“It has been a tremendous rollercoaster of highs and lows but Megan is now making fantastic progress, better than we could have hoped for,” the Daily Mail quoted the children’s mother Katie, 33, as saying. 

This is the first time that medics have carried out the entire process in the UK, though saviour siblings have been born before with the help of US laboratories.

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