A bizarre mix of horse and rabbit blood is keeping a schoolgirl alive.
Antibodies drawn from the animals’ blood are giving 14-year-old Cara Heaney a chance of survival as she fights bone marrow failure.
Pioneering doctors are hoping to kick-start the youngster’s immune system and cure the rare illness, known as aplastic anaemia, which affects only one in 200,000 people.
‘Without this treatment Cara would not be alive today,’ said Cara’s 41-yearold mother, Miriam. ‘She gets very down but never moans.’