Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Brave Little Man Dan Is Home ...at Last; and He Just Wants a Chance to Taste Life to the Full

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Brave Little Man Dan Is Home ...at Last; and He Just Wants a Chance to Taste Life to the Full

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Byline: DAVE ROBSON dave.robson@eveninggazette.co.uk

HE only has his toys and healthy grown-ups for company at the moment - but at least transplant tot Danny Bryan is heading into Christmas fit and well.

Watching him play happily - and seeing his funny facial expressions as he sucks on a tangy salt and vinegar flavoured snack - it's hard to believe what he's been through in the past few months.

Yet just four months ago, Danny, of Normanby, received a bone marrow transplant at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary after being diagnosed with the rare genetic condition Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome.

Without a transplant, the future was bleak, with few sufferers surviving their teens.

But thanks to a German bone marrow donor, the operation went ahead.

And now, after 122 turbulent days in and out of hospital in Newcastle, Danny's back home on Teesside.

He was meant to come home on his first birthday, October 15, but complications and worrying weight loss saw him stay on Tyneside.

Several times, hopes rose he'd be allowed home, only for them to be dashed.

But he's home now, surrounded by the love of his family and a mountain of toys, although until his immune system recovers, it will be a while before he can mix with other kids.

Mum Claire explained: "We still can't go to shops and he's not allowed to mix with other children - only well adults.

"He could wave to his cousin through the window the other day though!" But such restrictions are usually lifted six months after transplant, so January 10 will be Danny's date.

And Claire hopes that proves to be the case as it's Danny's cousin Kaydan's birthday on January 14 - and he'd love to be at the party!

Looking back, Claire admits it's been a frustrating wait for his return home. She said: "I was frustrated but I knew he was in the best place. He seemed OK but then he'd be sick 20 times a day - projectile vomiting and diarrhoea. …

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