Three courses of chemotherapy but still not in remission
When Louisa was born we were overjoyed. But our happiness was cut short. At just three weeks old, our baby girl was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML).
Louisa spent her first six months at Great Ormond Street Hospital. It was extremely tough on us all. Our other children, Charlotte, then four, and Eddie, who was just two, made frequent trips to see Louisa and keep her company.
We realised Louisa was gravely ill when after three courses of chemotherapy she was still not in remission. Doctors advised us that she would need a bone marrow transplant, so the whole family was tested to see if any of us were a match.
Much to our relief little Eddie was found to be a match for his baby sister. It was a tense time for all of us with both Eddie and Louisa having to undergo the painful procedures involved in a bone marrow transplant.
We literally held our breath, praying that the procedure would work. We were all so incredibly happy when after the transplant and a fourth dose of chemo Louisa finally achieved remission in November 2004.