The medical side

Imagine not being able to kiss your baby…

Imagine not being able to pick up your crying baby until you have scrubbed your hands clean for three minutes and put on a special gown.

Imagine not being able to take your baby for a walk because he/she needs to stay in a sterile BUBBLE of clean air.

Some parents don’t have to imagine, for them it is real. Their children suffer from a rare, inherited condition called Severe Combined Immune Deficiency Syndrome, or SCID. They are born without an immune system and cannot fight the simplest of infection. Even the ‘common cold’ passed on by a mother’s kiss can be fatal.

The only way of keeping them safe from infection is to care for them in a BUBBLE, a high-tech sterile room.

The only chance of survival for these ‘BUBBLE’ babies is to give them a new immune system. Giving them a bone marrow transplant, a difficult and painful treatment, is the only way. And the process typically takes 6 months, but can be longer, up to 2 years.

The good news is that if successful, the babies grow new immune cells and can leave their BUBBLE and go home to live normal lives.

The Bone Marrow Transplant Unit in Newcastle-upon-Tyne is one of only two units in the UK and Ireland that can give these precious babies the meticulous medical and nursing care needed. We also provide a follow up service for these children and their families once they go home.

Children are referred to us from Scotland, Northern and Southern Ireland, and from Northern England down to Birmingham and the Midlands. There are BUBBLE babies where you live too.

The Bone Marrow Transplant Unit has also begun to treat children suffering from leukaemia and achieved dramatic results for children suffering severe forms of arthritis. And we are proud that the survival success of the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit has increased from 50% to 90% in the last 10 years.

The BUBBLE FOUNDATION UK raises funds for medical equipment, toys and educational aids, welfare of the babies, children and their families, and importantly to fund research required at this cutting edge of paediatric practice.

We need your support so that more babies and children can recover and go home to live normal lives.