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() A brave seven-year-old girl has given a bone marrow transplant donation to help save her older sister from a rare form of leukaemia.   

Makaela Dancey underwent painful surgery to try to stop her sibling from suffering with the disease after the family discovered she was the only suitable donor.

Her sister Keira, 13, had been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in December 2017 which is a rare cancer that only affects 3,100 people each year in the UK.

Makaela Dancey, 7, (right) has given a bone marrow transplant donation to help save her older sister Keira, 13, (left) from a rare form of leukaemia. Their mother Emma (centre) has praised both her daughters' courage

Makaela Dancey, 7, (right) has given a bone marrow transplant donation to help save her older sister Keira, 13, (left) from a rare form of leukaemia. Their mother Emma (centre) has praised both her daughters' courage 

Having gone through countless treatments to fight the aggressive illness, the teenager had little choice but to have the bone marrow transplant. 

Their mum Emma, from Swindon, Wiltshire, said: '[Makaela] was very brave. She was the only match.

'She was scared. She first said she didn't want to do it and I said to her that she could've pulled out at any time and no-one would be cross.

'We said to Makaela that Keira has been through a lot of operations and she had been okay. It's like a long sleep and you won't know anything about it.

'We also said that she could take her favourite toy that she takes everywhere still for comfort. She was happy with that.

'Keira is in remission at the moment. It is not guaranteed because she can relapse within the next couple of years.' 

Keira was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in December 2017 which only affects 3,100 people each year in the UK

Keira was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in December 2017 which only affects 3,100 people each year in the UK

Makaela had the one-and-a-half-hour surgery at Bristol Children's Hospital after finding out she was the only match in her family to her sibling (pictured)

Makaela had the one-and-a-half-hour surgery at Bristol Children's Hospital after finding out she was the only match in her family to her sibling (pictured)

The one-and-a-half-hour surgery was carried out at Bristol Children's Hospital (BCH) last May.

Makaela said: 'I did it because Keira needs it to get better but it was painful.'

Keira has had multiple complications over the past two years and has been going back and forth to the hospital.

Emma remembers the day she found her daughter sick in bed.

She said: 'She was unresponsive and I couldn't wake her up so I called an ambulance and within two hours they found out she had leukaemia.

'We got transferred to Bristol and then they found she had bleed on the brain, which they didn't think she would survive.

'But she had multiple complications last year and she was in intensive care with cardiomyopathy which is a side effect of chemo.

'Her heart is coming back up to normal but it still slightly damaged.

'She finished treatment in May 2018 but we didn't get her back home until the beginning of June last

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