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Bobby Norris so grateful to bone marrow donor who saved his mother

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Bobby Norris so grateful to bone marrow donor who saved his mother

Bobby Norris' mother has found a bone marrow transplant donor.

'The Only Way is Essex' star's mum Kym Norris was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia last year and he feared he would lose her to the cancer.

But Bobby is "loving life" now Kym has found an anonymous marrow match, following his plea for more people to sign up to the Anthony Nolan register on 'This Morning' last August, which helped numbers on the register go up by 750 percent within weeks.

Phoning in to the daytime TV show, Bobby revealed: "I'm loving life now. I'm on cloud nine! With most donors you do have to think about your own mortality, because it's one of those things, but with bone marrow and stem cell transplant, it's not like that. It's just a two or three hour procedure, and nine times out of 10 it's just like giving blood. It's so worthwhile and so easy, and, if you think, you could save a person's life."

Bobby then paid tribute to the donor and 'This Morning' for letting him make his appeal on live TV.

Speaking to hosts Phillip Schofield and Amanda Holden, he added: "I want to thank you guys there at 'This Morning' and all your viewers for getting behind me and my mum and really helping with my appeal. But I'm very conscious that there are so many people, thousands of people, on the register still waiting for bone marrow... so please, please join and register with Anthony Nolan."

The Essex boy revealed his mum is now resting at home after the transplant procedure and is getting stronger every day.

Bobby said: "(My mum) is resting up. She's still quite weak, but she's getting there. I think it's quite a slow burner really. You take on the donor's immune system, so she's getting stronger and stronger every day. We're building her up and it won't be long until she's running up and down Bond Street, I'm sure."