• Charlie’s brave battle

    A FAMILY’S HOPE: Tony and Merryn Ciavarella, with their 18 month old son Charlie, are hoping a bone marrow transplant will prove successful in treating his rare condition. PHOTO: Courtesy Ciavarella family

    AN Oxley family is hoping a bone marrow transplant will cure their toddler of an extremely rare and fatal immune condition.

    The lives of Tony and Merryn Ciavarella turned upside down when their son Charlie was diagnosed with the life-threatening illness.

    The 18 month old is believed to be one of only 10 sufferers ever recorded worldwide with the rare immune condition caused by STAT1 loss of function mutation.

    Friends have launched a fundraising appeal for the family as Charlie this week embarked on his longest stay yet at the Royal Children’s Hospital to undergo a life-saving bone marrow transplant.

    “It’s been a harrowing time since Charlie first fell ill in August last year,” dad Tony told the Wangaratta Chronicle, from Melbourne, on Tuesday.

    “We took him to Wangaratta hospital where he was first admitted with fevers before he was transferred to Melbourne for a 10 day stay where he appeared to respond well to treatment.

    “But in February this year Charlie fell very ill again and was once again transferred to the RCH.”

    To help the Ciavarella family, visit their website helpcharlie.com.au, Facebook: www.facebook.com/HelpCharlieFundraiser, and Twitter: www.twitter/Help_Charlie #HelpCharlie.

    You can also donate through a special WAW Credit Union account: Help Charlie Fundraiser, BSB: 803 070, Account: 89455.

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