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Can you help save little Brooke’s life?


T


he future is uncertain for a brave six-year-old local girl desperately fighting for her life. Brooke Cornwell suffers from Diamond


Blackfan Anaemia (DBA), a rare blood condition which means her body does not produce red blood cells properly. Brooke, who was also born with a cleft palate,


has blood transfusions every few weeks and needs a bone marrow transplant to have any chance of surviving past her early teens. A 100 per cent match is needed to save Brooke


and her sister Felicity, aged three, is not suitable. Her only option is to travel to America for treatment and for her mum Amber to have an IVF baby. Amber, of Breakspeare Close, Watford, said:


―To look at Brooke you‘d think she was normal but she gets very tired and she‘s got to the age where she realises she is different and doesn‘t want to be.‖


‘To look at Brooke you’d think she was normal but she gets very tired’


Brooke‘s grandmother Christine added: ―She


can‘t go swimming and is smaller than her friends so can‘t keep up when they play. She‘s a wonderful little girl and deserves to live a long and happy life.‖ The family are desperately trying to raise the


funds to fly Brooke to America and get her the match she urgently needs. Amber explained: ―I‘ve always wanted to have


more children and the fact that this child will ultimately save Brooke‘s life is even better.‖ They have hired out Evergreen Football Club


Brooke Cornwell, aged six, who has Diamond Blackfan Anaemia.


in South Way, Abbots Langley, on Saturday, July 14 from 10am to 6.30pm for a fundraiser fun day. More than 60 stalls are confirmed, a burger


van, ice cream man, NHS blood tent, bouncy castle and arts and crafts. Disney princesses will attend to surprise Brooke and Watford Football Club players will be goalkeepers for a 'beat the goalie' game. The evening will involve a raffle and auction for prizes including Warner Brothers Studio Tour tickets. For more details about the fundraising event visit http:// tinyurl.com/75fg9ek


by Emily Ansell


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