A brave schoolgirl battling a rare form of cancer has been left heartbroken after doctors were forced to postpone her treatment.
Demi Butler, 11, from Ellesmere Port was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in July earlier this year.
For the best chance of survival, the year seven pupil at the Church of England Academy in Ellesmere Port was told she requires a bone marrow transplant as soon as possible.
Astonishingly, her eight-year-old sister, Ellie Butler, is a match and has vowed to save her sister’s life.
Demi was due to begin chemotherapy treatment at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital yesterday (Tuesday) before being put in isolation next week for almost two months as part of the transplant process, which would potentially rid her of the cancer.
However, she has today (October 5) received the heartbreaking news her treatment has been postponed for at least a month after she has contracted a virus.
Her uncle, Darren Butler, explained Demi could be at risk of developing sepsis, which could potentially be deadly if she was to go ahead with the treatment.
“This is heartbreaking news for Demi,” he told the Chronicle.
“She had a bit of a cough yesterday (Tuesday) so she had a few tests and they told her she has a virus.
“They said it could be life-threatening if she went ahead with the chemo.
“The infection could take up to four weeks to cure which means Demi will be in hospital for Christmas.
“This is obviously devastating for us all but it’s better to have her in hospital than not have her at all.”
Darren said Demi is ‘absolutely devastated’ following the news.
“She told the doctors she is fine and asked them to go ahead with the treatment - she doesn’t understand the dangers.
“She was very anxious and nervous going to the hospital yesterday - she didn’t even speak.
“When she got there, she told the doctors she was feeling really scared but she settled down really quickly - she put all her posters and pictures on the wall and made it really homely.
“She was in the right mindset to take it all on, she was focused and ready to tackle it - this is just another bump in the road.
“It’s come as a big shock to everybody - I can’t really put into words how I feel.”
Almost £1,700 has been raised for Demi and Ellie since their Go Fund Me page was launched last week.
To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/2hm2erdg .