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Chediak Higashi Syndrome Girl Dies

June 29, 2011

An 11-year-old Kent girl, believed to be one of five people in the UK with a condition affecting the immune system, has died.

Melanie Cottle from Folkestone suffered from Chediak Higashi Syndrome, which her doctor had not seen for 20 years.

The syndrome causes pale coloured hair, eyes and skin and increased infections in the lungs and mucous membranes.

Her father, Paul left a message on Facebook saying she had died after suffering three heart attacks.

She “left us peacefully in no pain”, he wrote.

“The whole family would like to thank all you nice guys that have supported us.”

Melanie was diagnosed with the genetic condition at Christmas and had been receiving treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

Last month her family appealed for people with the blood type B positive to come forward as she was in need of blood donations for a bone marrow operation.

One Comment leave one →
  1. *Stargazer permalink
    June 29, 2011 11:38 am

    I don’t even know what my blood type is. I guess many people don’t know their blood type.
    I’m assuming type B positive is a rare one? If you have a rare blood type, surely you’d know?
    I don’t know if people in poor health like myself would be considered as a donor?
    Many questions, I’ll look into it and get back to you!

    Melanie will live on in the hearts of all who loved her.
    It’s a mercy that she passed away peacefully.
    I hope her family and friends can find peace also.

    Thank you for this post SameDifference1, more food for thought for me.
    Sharing these stories promotes awareness – that can only be a good thing!

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