The family of a brave baby girl who never stops smiling is desperately searching for a bone marrow donor for her.
Adorable seven-month-old Hattie Platt loves laughing, her ‘Turtle Tots’ swimming lessons and playing with her dog Chica.
But two weeks ago, her parents Helen Mylott and Chris Platt, from Acton Bridge, were devastated to learn that Hattie has a rare illness called Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID).
Now she must undergo chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant.
Helen told The Chronicle she is so proud of her daughter, who may be tiny but has ‘the strength of a mammoth’.
“Hattie has shown just how courageous and brave she is,” said Helen.
“Always smiling at me when she is so weak and worn out.
“We have to find the perfect match for her, she has to get through this and grace the world with her joy and smiles.”
But with relatives unlikely to be a suitable bone marrow match for Hattie, an appeal has been launched to find a donor.
Family friend Claudia Dickens has organised a donor recruitment day and coffee morning fundraiser for the Anthony Nolan Trust at Acton Bridge Community Centre between 10am and 8pm on Friday, April 1.
People in good health, aged between 16 and 30 and weighing over 7st 12lbs are invited to attend to see if they are a potential match.
There, they will be able to join the Anthony Nolan Trust register and provide a saliva sample, which will be tested and the results of which will be entered on to a database.
Every time somebody requires a transplant, the trust can automatically compare tissues to try and find a match.
“Everyone is trying to help and so many people are coming forward to register to be a donor,” Claudia said.
For more information about the donor recruitment day, contact Claudia on 07738 058 656 or HarriettPlattAppeal@gmail.com, or click here.