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Jenna Mae is home after bone marrow transplant

Just three weeks after having a life-saving bone marrow transplant operation, Jenna Mae Tokens has come home.

The seven-year-old was allowed to return to her family in Kettering early after making such good progress.

She was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia in May and, following a worldwide appeal for a donor, a match was found in Germany for her.

More than 150 people attended a special donor session in Kettering in the hope of finding a match for her.

The brave youngster described the process of the transplant and how she was injected with blood through a large needle which, she said, almost made her mum faint.

Jenna said: "My favourite thing about coming home was my bedroom. There was a new bed, pink television and wardrobe.

"When I got home there was a banner outside but I couldn't have a party because I am not allowed to have too many people here or I have to go and sit upstairs.

"When I was in hospital and having the transplant it was a bit weird when they put the blood in me to get rid of the bad blood but I feel a lot better now.

"I was in isolation for so long it is nice to see people."

Her family was originally told she would not be able to return home until December.

Jenna, a pupil at Grange Community School in Kettering, must return to Sheffield Children's Hospital, where the transplant took place, twice a week for the next three months so that doctors can check on her progress.

Mum Tracy, of Valley Walk, is now in charge of ensuring Jenna takes seven different types of medication every day to help her recovery.

She said: "She is responding well to the treatment but we do have to keep a close eye on her.

"She is back to how she was before she got ill and is a cheeky little one."

 
 
 

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