Dylan's Immune System Attacks His Own Kidneys ...Our Little Star Gets on with It; WAITING GAME FOR BOY, 4
Byline: STEVE BAGNALL
A BRAVE little boy battling a rare disease that causes his immune system to attack his kidneys is waiting to see if new treatment has worked.
Four-year-old Dylan Davies-Abbott, who was diagnosed with Nephrotic Syndrome more than a year ago, has undergone weeks of painful treatment which started in February with the aim of limiting the number of attacks he has.
In the next six weeks, his mum Sam said they would see if it had worked and this could give the youngster a two year remission or more from the condition.
Dylan with his She admitted it was a "difficult decision" to go down the chemotherapy route as there was a small risk of Dylan becoming infertile.
But having had several relapses Dylan has now been classified as "steroid dependent" - steroids are the medication used to treat his condition.
Steroid use can have damaging long-term effects on his bones and growth, and could also result in him becoming vitamin B deficient.
When the immune system attacks the kidneys, it damages them and causes large amounts of protein to go from the blood into the urine.
When this happens, it can cause Dylan to become swollen and very tired, as well as causing scarring to his kidneys which could one day lead to him requiring a transplant. …