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Six-year-old girl’s cancer VANISHES after world-first gene therapy treatment

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Erin Cross was gravely-ill earlier this year suffering from deadly acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, a cancer of the white blood cells.

A six-year-old leukaemia sufferer who became one of the first in the world to trial a new gene-therapy treatment is smiling again…after her cancer vanished.

Erin Cross was gravely-ill earlier this year suffering from deadly acute lymphoblastic leukaemia , a cancer of the white blood cells.

But after £100,000 was raised in a public appeal on ITV’s This Morning show in July she flew to Seattle with her parents Sarah and Antony Cross.

Experimental, pioneering new AR (Chimaeric Antigen Receptor) T-Cell therapy re-engineers the cells in the lab to attack and kill cancer cells when they are injected back into the patient’s body.

Now her family have been told by Seattle Children’s Hospital that blood tests reveal the cancer has completely disappeared.

And it means on December 28th at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital she will be well enough to have a bone marrow transplant — to make sure the leukaemia does not return.

Her delighted mum Sarah said:

«We got a call from the hospital who told us the cancer cells have gone.

We couldn’t believe it as she has never come back clear from any treatment before. She is running around now like any six year old.

I’m so glad I pushed for her to get on the trial at Seattle, if I hadn’t she wouldn’t be here today. I knew that the T Cell therapy would be the only option with the chemotherapy not working — mother’s instinct was working hard at that point!

We have never had a negative MRD bone marrow test before, it’s so amazing to hear the words ‘no signs of leukaemia’.

I just want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts.”

Her parents from Chester, in Cheshire, said they “cried tears of relief” after being told she was finally in remission from the disease that’s blighted her life for the past four years.

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