TRACEY Gartshore will be the “happiest mother alive” if her Christmas wish comes true for her brave son.

The Press have been following ‘Wee Michael’s journey’ since April as his family, from Rosyth, searched for a blood stem cell donor in his continued fight against severe aplastic anaemia (SAA), a rare and potentially life-threatening condition.

They received amazing news in August as tot sister Charlotte, 3, was revealed as a donor match for her eight-year-old brother.

Charlotte will have her stem cells harvested next Thursday, and Michael’s transplant via transfusion is expected to be carried out on the same day.

Tracey, a “very, very scared mummy”, has one wish for her ill son. “We hope the wee man can wake up in his own bed on Christmas morning,” she told the Press.

“There are possible things that could keep him in hospital longer but if they don’t happen, I’ll be the happiest mother alive. We just want him healthy and to recover with no issues.”

Tracey continued: "Michael has physically kicked butt every step of the way so I know he will walk out the hospital feeling awesome when this is over and we can look forward to a weekend away that I've booked to mark a year since he fell ill. He has just over a week of intense chemo, then the transplant which isn't invasive. It's more invasive for Charlotte. She is my baby. My youngest. The fear I have for her is awful as Michael’s donor.

“She hates needles, as does any toddler. So, getting that cannula in will be tough! But I know once it’s over she will recover well, as the SAA isn’t genetic.”

Charlotte will be asleep for the procedure which will see marrow sucked out of her pelvic bone, while Michael will receive his transfusion into his Hickman line.

The youngster was beaming in September as he was able to return to school for the first time in five months.

The King’s Road pupil returned part-time and in a smaller classroom, so professionals and parents could keep an eye on his health.

All three of Michael’s blood cell types are deficient, which can cause uncontrollable bleeding and an increased risk of picking up infections.

Tracey said: “It would be amazing to start 2019 with Michael’s numbers rising without transfusion. We almost didn’t get here because he and Charlotte fell sick with RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) but they managed to shift it so I’m hoping it’s safe travels from this point on.”

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