Omarni was just a year old when he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in April 2018. His mum Naomi had become increasingly alarmed by his enlarged lymph nodes, a cold from which he took a long time to recover, and a rash that spread to his neck and chest. In hospital, her worst fears were confirmed.
Omarni began chemotherapy and steroid treatment immediately. It has been a rollercoaster journey ever since. An infection on his brain left him in hospital for six months, with his chemotherapy on hold. He also suffered a seizure and later, while in hospital, he slipped in the shower, leaving him with a crack on his skull and a bleed on the brain.
By the end of 2020, it was clear that the treatment had not worked as effectively as hoped, and after a match was found in the US, Omarni received a stem cell transplant.
Omarni is, thankfully, starting the journey to recovery. But sadly there are still thousands of children in hospital. Children who will be going through treatment and procedures when they should be home with their family at this time of year. We want to reach out to 1,500 of them in the run-up to Christmas, and we need your help.
If you can, send a child like Omarni a warm Cuddle for Christmas.