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Chirnside girl, 6, gets special Christmas gift

Lana Donaldson, from Chirnside, who recently had a bone marrow transplant, is pictured with sister Lydia and one of Santa's helpers in Lapland.

Lana Donaldson, from Chirnside, who recently had a bone marrow transplant, is pictured with sister Lydia and one of Santa's helpers in Lapland.

 

Six-year-old Lana Donaldson, who underwent a bone marrow operation this year, has enjoyed a very special treat - a trip to see Santa in Lapland.

Lana and her family flew to Lapland courtesy of the Make-A-Wish Foundation UK just before Christmas.

They were treated to a husky ride, met some of the Santa’s reindeer and elves, rode skidoos and got to look around Santa’s workshop, before setting off through the winter wonderland in search of the big man himself!

Mum, Julia said: “Last Christmas was filled with worry, but this year we enjoyed a magical family experience in Lapland. The wish has given Lana confidence and the chance to be a child again.

“Lapland is cold so there are fewer bugs; she enjoyed having freedom outside and especially loved the husky ride! Thank you Make-A-Wish, it was amazing to spend such a time together as a family.”

Lana was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia (bone marrow failure) in November 2012. Her three year old sister Lydia (now four) was found to be a donor match and a bone marrow transplant took place at Yorkhill Hospital, Glasgow, in March.

Unfortunately Lana caught norovirus after the transplant, which meant for a period she was back in hospital and blood transfusion dependent again.

However, this was a temporary set back and Mum Julia added: “Her current state of health is good, her blood counts all remain within normal range and she is 100% donor DNA which is fantastic.

“She is starting back to school on an integrated phasing in the new year and all her treatment is going to plan with a good future outlook.”

Local people have been very supportive and raised money to help the family cope with the additional expense of travelling backwards and forward to hospital in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Make-A-Wish Foundation UK, grants wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions. To make a donation please visit www.make-a-wish.org.uk or telephone 01276 40 50 60.

 

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