Appeal for donor after teenager diagnosed with leukaemia

A family of a teenager with leukaemia have appealed for a potentially life saving donor.

Harris Hussain, 18, from Chapeltown, is currently undergoing chemotherapy, but is hoping for a blood stem cell transplant along with a donor.

Despite searching for matches across the globe one is yet to be found. Harris’s mum, Caroline Hussain, has said that being mixed race has reduced his chances of finding a suitable donor.

She said that Harris had been fit and healthy until March, when he initially believe he had a virus. A doctor later diagnosed the teenager as having acute myeloid leukaemia.

Before his diagnosis he was an avid cricket player, representing Yorkshire under 19s and works as a ice hockey linesman.

He is now in an isolated hospital ward as his immune system is to weak to fight off diseases.

Every 20 minutes someone from the UK is diagnosed with a form of blood cancer such as leukaemia.

It only takes a few minutes to find out if your a donor. Find out more here https://www.dkms.org.uk/en.