Surgery boy, 3, needs new donor

Rhys Daniels, three, who was given the world's first unrelated bone marrow transplant last year in an attempt to combat the rare Batten's disease, has rejected the donor tissue, it was disclosed last night.

The child, from Epping, Essex, was at the centre of a row over NHS cuts when it seemed he could not have the pioneering surgery. His father took the Government to court but the operation was eventually carried out at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, in Bristol.