Leukaemia sufferer, six, could die as he can't get to US for treatment

EXCLUSIVE: Heartbreak of six-year-old British leukaemia victim who faces losing fight for life after plans to fly to US for £500,000 pioneering treatment are abandoned at last minute due to coronavirus

  • Denny Nassy-Cornelious, from Hastings, East Sussex, suffers from leukaemia
  • His family has raised nearly £500,000 to send him to the US for treatment
  • In just six months they raised £420,00 and hoped to travel in four weeks time 
  • But due to lockdown in the US because of coronavirus he can no longer travel
  • His aunt Michele Laurens said his chances of survival were now ‘close to non-existent’
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Denny, 6, faces losing his hard-fought battle against leukaemia after a last-ditch bid for pioneering treatment in the USA had to be abandoned because of the Coronavirus pandemic

A six-year-old boy faces losing his hard-fought battle against leukaemia after a last-ditch bid for pioneering treatment in the USA had to be abandoned because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Family and friends of little Denny Nassy-Cornelious have spent six month trying to raise the £500,000 needed to pay for cutting-edge immune therapy treatment which is his final chance to fight off the cancer.

In just six months they managed to raise £420,000 and were planning for him to fly to the US in as little as four weeks. 

But the chances of the youngster from Hastings, East Sussex, beating the horrible disease are now ‘close to non-existent’ as the world has been turned upside down by the covid-19 pandemic.

Now his family are praying for a miraacle to save the life of the happy little boy who loves Batman and likes to play with Lego. 

His heart-broken dad Dave Nassy, a building labourer, said: ‘We are never going to give up.  

Family and friends were close to raising the £500,000 needed to pay for cutting-edge immune therapy treatment which is his final chance to fight off the cancer

But the chances of the youngster from Hastings, East Sussex, beating the horrible disease are now ‘close to non-existent’ as the world has been turned upside down by the covid-19 pandemic

‘But we are having to take it one day at a time. I’m beside myself. We’ve come so far but the coronavirus has stopped us in our tracks.’ 

His aunt Michele Laurens told MailOnline: ‘It’s a desperate situation.

‘Denny had a slim chance of survival even if he had the treatment, about 20 per cent. 

‘But now his chances are close to non-existent because of everything is changing so quickly due to Coronavirus.

‘We were hoping to take Denny to America in about four-weeks’ time after he had finished his latest course of chemotherapy.

‘But what with all the new travel restrictions and the airlines closing down we don’t know if we will able to get there, if we will be able to get into the country or if the hospital will still be carrying out the medical trial.’

Denny’s parents – Marianne and Dave – were hoping to him to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in the USA to take part in a clinical trial of CAR-T immune therapy for advanced leukaemia. This treatment for advanced leukaemia is not available in the UK. 

His aunt Michele Laurens told MailOnline: ‘It’s a desperate situation. ‘Denny had a slim chance of survival even if he had the treatment, about 20 per cent. But now his chances are close to non-existent because of everything is changing so quickly due to Coronavirus’

His heart-broken dad Dave Nassy (pictured with Denny’s mum Marieanne Cornelious) added: ‘We are never going to give up. But we are having to take it one day at a time. I’m beside myself”

He is currently undergoing chemotherapy at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton, Surrey, which specializes in cancer treatment.

Family friend Katie Evans explained: ‘The plan was to get Denny through this four-week intensive treatment whilst raising the remaining £80,000 and then whisk him straight to America.

‘The consultant has been clear that he doesn’t have long left if we don’t get that treatment soon.

‘Now with Coronavirus everywhere, flying restrictions and concerns about traveling safely it’s unlikely he will be able to leave hospital.

‘Denny’s only hope now is that this treatment – CAR T therapy for patients with CD22 leukaemia – miraculously appears in the UK.’ 

 Friend Katie Evans explained: ‘The plan was to get Denny through this four-week intensive treatment whilst raising the remaining £80,000 and then whisk him straight to America. ‘The consultant has been clear that he doesn’t have long left if we don’t get that treatment soon’

Denny’s parents – Marianne and Dave – were hoping to him to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in the USA to take part in a clinical trial of CAR-T immune therapy for advanced leukaemia. This treatment is not available in the UK

He is currently undergoing chemotherapy at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton, Surrey, which specializes in cancer treatment

Denny has spent more than half of his life in hospital after he was diagnosed with leukaemia when he was three.

He has undergone various treatments, including a stem cell transplant, which have failed to cured him.

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