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‘Nine-year-old Nathaniel deserves a chance at life – let’s save him in next 10 days’ – Voice of the People

Nine-year-old Nathaniel Nabena deserves a chance at life.

But his family have just ten days to raise the £201,000 needed for the stem cell transplant that could save him.

Because he is from Nigeria he is ineligible for free NHS ­treatment – but thanks to the generosity of People readers, you have already paid for the ­chemotherapy which will allow him to have the life-saving ­operation.

Now in remission from the ­aggressive cancer discovered only after he arrived here, he is fit enough to undergo a stem cell transplant operation.

But his devoted family do not have the extra cash needed.

Nathaniel had to have an operation to remove his left eye
Nathaniel had to have an operation to remove his left eye

So tantalisingly close to having a future, the youngster could still see that chance slip away again, for good.

Nathaniel’s family brought him to Britain where they planned to pay £5,000 privately for ­treatment he could not get at home – a ­prosthetic eye to replace one lost to a tumour.

The family didn’t come to stay here, only for the eye treatment.

Only then it was discovered Nathaniel had an acute form of leukaemia and was liable to die within weeks.

Nathaniel Nabena receiving treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital
Nathaniel Nabena receiving treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital

Now, while doctors have waived their fees to reduce the cost, there is still a £201,000 price tag on the youngster’s chance of life.

That’s the remaining cost of all that’s involved in the complex operation for Nathaniel, who is not taking up any NHS resources.

His mum and dad have shown the true strength of a parents’ love for a child.

And now, with the backing of telly star Paul O’Grady, they are asking you – see P4 for details – to help reach the target that will save the boy they love.

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