An inspirational young girl battling cancer has been reunited with her younger sister for the first time since she saved her life.
Ellie Butler, 8, made a remarkable decision to donate her bone marrow to her 11-year-old sister, Demi Butler, earlier this month after she was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia.
And the brave young girl was able to see her older sister yesterday (November 28) for the first time in more than three weeks after Demi made another incredible turnaround in her fight against cancer.
Their uncle, Darren Butler, said: “As soon Demi walked out of the lift to meet Ellie, her eyes filled up and they hugged for a picture in front of the Christmas tree.
“It was a priceless moment in life.”
Demi was hit with more devastating news last week after being told her white blood cell levels had plummeted to the lowest level possible.
Her body was fighting away Ellie’s donation, which left her family fearing the worst.
However, the incredibly brave youngster, who was determined to carry on fighting through what has been a roller-coaster of a journey, has turned another major corner since the bad news last week.
After seeing a significant rise in her white blood cell levels after overcoming a nasty virus, Demi, who is now allowed more visitors following an intensive isolation period, is expected to be home by the end of the week.
Darren said: “Demi is doing amazingly well. It’s an incredible turn around from the news last Monday (November 21).
“Ellie has saved her sister's life.
“Even Professor Rob Wynn, who has looked after Demi from the start, is amazed by Demi’s progress and she could be home by the end of this week.
“He looked at her in the corridor, punched the air, and told her she is amazing.
“It was heartbreaking to basically hear the transplant wasn't working last Monday but since then, we’ve seen her kick out a virus and watch her neutrophils increase day after day which is unbelievable.
“Everybody is so happy to be able to see Demi again.
“Demi might be coming home towards the end of the week which is like music to our ears after what she has been through.
“Although she will be home, it’s still a very long road to recovery, but hopefully the hardest is behind her now.”