Little Chloe’s inspiring story – and how YOU can help others like her

 Little Chloe’s inspiring story – and how YOU can help others like her

Chloe Bowers was diagnosed with Leukaemia aged four, but thanks to Great Ormond Street Hospital, she is back to her “normal bouncy self”. Here, her mum shares their story

Chloe Bowers was diagnosed with Leukaemia aged four, but thanks to Great Ormond Street Hospital, she is back to her “normal bouncy self”. Here, her mum shares their story

Being a mum, and probably a grandmother too, sad stories about seriously ill children hit that little bit closer to home. And, for Anke Bowers, one of those sad stories knocked right on her door, when her four-year-old daughter Chloe was diagnosed with leukaemia.

But, thanks to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), their story had a happy ending.

GOSH treats hundreds of seriously ill children like Chloe every day – and you can help simply by doing your laundry. Every time you buy a pack of Fairy Non Bio 3in1 Pods, gel, liquid or powder that features the GOSH Children’s Charity logo, Fairy Non Bio will make a donation, with the goal of raising £150,000 for the charity.

These special packs will help you make a real difference to the children treated at GOSH. Children like Chloe Bowers, who was diagnosed with leukaemia, but now two years on, thanks to GOSH, is in remission and “doing really well”, says her Mum, Anke.

Here, Anke shares her family’s touching story…

“Chloe was diagnosed with Leukaemia when she was four-and-a-half years old. When we first noticed the signs, it looked like she had been bitten by something, but it wasn’t healing [and] she had a constant temperature.

“When we took her to hospital, they did blood tests and they called us and said we needed to come back, she was seriously ill. They then told us she had leukaemia and she was transferred straight away to Great Ormond Street Hospital.

“When we got there, she was put in a ward and the chemotherapy started straight away. After a couple of months they noticed that, unfortunately, the chemotherapy wasn’t working the way they wanted it to work, so she was put on the donor list for a bone marrow transplant – unfortunately, me and her father were not compatible and neither was her sister.

“But we were very fortunate, as within eight weeks we got a call to say that they had found a bone marrow transplant donor. A couple of days before [her transplant] she went into the isolation ward to get her prepared and ready. She had to have five days of radiation, which was very hard on her and on us.

“We understand that the medication was there to make her better, but to see your daughter getting worse before getting better was very hard for all of us.

“On the 26th of February she received her bone marrow. She had a couple of weeks then when she was still very poorly, very weak. [But] we were very fortunate that Great Ormond Street Hospital has a wonderful team of dedicated nurses and they have a wonderful team of play therapists who Chloe became very attached to – two in particular: Amy, who was on the Fox ward and Vicky who was on the Safari ward.

“They spent a lot of time with Chloe, especially when she was struggling a lot – they did a lot of lovely things with her. Chloe’s a very artistic kind of child and enjoys arts and crafts and they did a lot of that with her.

“It was good for us [too] as it would give me or her dad a chance to have a coffee or some fresh air, just to recharge ourselves a little bit.

“When she was in isolation we had to wear an apron at all times. Chloe had to brush her teeth four items a day, whenever we administered medication we had to wash our hands, wear gloves, wash our hands again afterwards; the beds were stripped every day, wiped down with disinfectant wipes and remade with clean linen.

“Chloe had to have a bath every day, which is very difficult when you’ve got a Hickman line and three or four cables running alongside you. So, yes, it was difficult – but we got through it.

“After 39 days in isolation she was allowed to come home. Unfortunately she contracted the norovirus and was returned to hospital again for two weeks. But after the two weeks, she came home, and it’s been a slow, hard recovery.

“There have been a lot of side effects that have taken a long time to recover from, but we’re now nearly two years in remission and Chloe is doing very, very well. She’s just her normal bouncy self. She’s still on some medication but she’s a very happy, content little child again.

“Great Ormond Street Hospital was absolutely amazing. The staff were always very helpful, very considerate, they always went out of their way to help in anything that we needed for Chloe. Chloe was even allowed out on day release for her birthday, which was absolutely amazing.

“The resources that GOSH has got, I think, can only be attributed to the fact that so many people support Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, and if people didn’t support the charity it would be a lot more stressful for the children to go through these kinds of situations and probably take them a lot longer to recover.”

To show your support for Great Ormond Street Hospital, you can buy a special GOSH Charity pack of Fairy Non-Bio at major retailers nationwide, including Tesco, Ocado, Morrisons, ASDA, The Co-op, Amazon, Waitrose and Wilkinsons.

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