Worthing boy receives bone marrow from sister

Bone marrow transplant ' William Sainsbury and his family W19711p12
Bone marrow transplant ' William Sainsbury and his family W19711p12

A FOUR-YEAR-OLD boy who received a bone marrow transplant from his older sister is now back home in Worthing and well on the road to recovery.

William Sainsbury, of Beckett Road, suffers from a rare, life-limiting disease called mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS), which causes a protein deficiency. Sufferers of the incurable condition usually do not live past their teens.

When his sister, Grace, who was just six years old at the time, offered to donate her bone marrow, she gave William the opportunity for a new lease of life.

Previously, William was not able to produce his own enzymes, and relied on daily injections administered by his parents Karen and Justin.

Since the transplant, William should now be able to do so, and will enjoy a better quality of life and also have an increased life expectancy of around 30.

Dad Justin, 40, said: “The operation took place in Great Ormond Street Hospital on January 20, and was a great success. The doctors said Grace gave a really good donation, and she recovered really well – she was actually back in school a few days later.

“Both me and Karen are extremely proud of her, and she is proud of herself, she loves her brother very much and really wanted to help him. And she has done brilliantly.”

For more on William’s incredible story, see the Herald, out now.