Parents meet man who saved their son's life on national TV
THE parents of a nine-year-old boy whose life was saved by a bone marrow transplant have been given the chance to thank the previously anonymous donor – for a new television series.
Mike and Amy Doyle, from Falmouth, have been waiting for more than two years to meet the man who saved their son Domenic's life.
The first episode of ITV's Surprise Surprise, hosted by Holly Willoughby, on Sunday will tell viewers how he spent two years in a Bristol hospital.
He was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in November 2009. The family was told he would die without the transplant, which he had in April 2011. He returned to school in November of that year.
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Mrs Doyle described meeting Neil Lovell, the man who saved her son's life, as "a dream come true".
"I think I spent most of the time crying and holding him tight saying 'thank you, thank you, thank you'."
She said she was overwhelmed to see the past three years of their life on screen during the filming in June.
"We started telling our story but when it came up on the big screen it was upsetting and very strange. To see that this is our little boy up there."
Mr Doyle said he was "stuck for words" during the filming.
"My wife was crying, Holly was bawling her eyes out, the audience were bawling their eyes out.
"I just do not know how to thank someone who saved our child's life.
"He is a superhero, a lifesaver."
The Doyles had been unable to make contact with Mr Lovell, from Northampton, apart from sending anonymous cards through the Anthony Nolan Trust charity.
"I didn't know anything about Domenic or just how ill he was and to find out it was a little boy the same age as one of my children, it was close to home," Mr Lovell told the West Briton.
"To meet the people who had been through so much in front of a TV audience was a most surreal experience.
"To see Domenic bounding down the runway – I thought it couldn't be him. To think that I had done that was a humbling experience."
Today, free from cancer, Domenic is a normal lad who loves playing on his DS, and with Batman toys and Lego.
"I like taking the dog for a walk and doing origami," he said.
"It is awful being at school but I love maths."
Mrs Doyle said he is a "mischievous, loveable rogue".
"We now make the most of every day and don't take anything for granted."
Sunday's programme, at 7pm, will see the Doyles presented with tickets to a family holiday in Discovery Cove, Florida.