Ellie Dawes
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Ellie Dawes

Deryn Blackwell's story

Ellie Dawes
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Ellie Dawes
27 Nov 2012

Deryn was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in 2010, aged 10.

His mum, Callie, took him to the doctor after he had developed a lack of appetite and swollen glands. Putting it down to glandular fever, the doctor sent him to the local Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for blood tests. On their way home, the hospital phoned Callie, asking her to return immediately with Deryn. He was transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital within hours and started his treatment that night.


Three months into his treatment, Deryn suffered appendicitis and was given a 20 per cent chance of recovery from the operation because he had so few white blood cells and his platelets were so low. Thankfully surgery was a complete success. He is currently doing well and started high school in September 2011 and is due to finish treatment in September 2013.

Callie says, “We are so immensely proud of our son and all he has overcome, he is an inspiration for us all.”