Ellie Dawes
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Ellie Dawes

Maisie Speller's story

Ellie Dawes
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Ellie Dawes
14 Jan 2013

Maisie was just a toddler when she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) and began intensive treatment at London Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

Dad Mathew says: “Maisie wasn’t well for about three weeks – she was very pale, had several bruises and a swollen belly. Her GP then referred her to St. John’s Hospital in Chelmsford where she was diagnosed with ALL. Following the transfer to GOSH the next day, Maisie was immediately put on a course of treatment. Maisie also suffered with chicken pox and shingles because her immune system was so low.”

“Maisie is such a tough little cookie and has been such an inspiration throughout her treatment – we’ve been totally amazed by her. The work that Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research do is so invaluable, but we need to strive for 100 percent survival – that’s why we support them.”

Thankfully Maisie has now finished her treatment and is doing well. In 2011 she was one of the stars of the Marks & Spencer "Putting Childhood Leukaemia to Bed" campaign. Watch a video of Maisie promoting the campaign:

 

Mathew says: “We’re just trying to move on and put the past behind us. Maisie’s treatment was extremely tough - the steroids really affected her personality but she’s like a different child these days – she has got so much personality and she just makes us all laugh.

“She absolutely loved taking part in the M&S campaign, playing with the other kids and having her hair and make-up done. She’s a natural model and it is so important to us to give something back.”

 

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