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7:01am 16th September 2013

A Cornish schoolboy has come face to face with the man who saved his life.

Nine year old Domenic Doyle from Falmouth has fought off leukaemia not once but twice.

He has spent years being treated in hospital - but is now happy and healthy thanks to a transplant.

The rules say you are not allowed to meet the donor for two years after the op.

But on ITV's Surprise, Surprise on Sunday night he thanked Neil Lovell - and his wife Kirsty, saying: "Thank you for the bone marrow."

Neil told Holly Willoughby: "It's still sinking in really. I just can't imagine that we're sitting here after these two years to see him so fit and well. It's been a long two years."

Domenic's weeping mum Amy told Neil, "It's amazing to meet you. You've given me my baby back."

The nine year old's dad Mike explained what it was like being told that the disease had come back: "We just couldn't believe it. It was bad enough getting it the first time - but for it to come back for a second time.

"He had to have a lot of chemo again to clear out all the cancer cells that were there.

"At that point we knew he would have to have a bone marrow transplant.

"He was really sick. He just said, 'Dad I don't want to be here any more. I just want to go home.'

"I said, 'Well, you've got poorly blood and the doctors have got to make the blood better.'"

Neil explained what motivated him to do it: "My two boys play rugby for a team and there was a lad who needed a bone marrow transplant. So I went onto the Anthony Nolan register and I got a letter to say I was a potential match - could I go and have my bloods taken.

"Then I got a letter back saying I was a ten out of ten match - the best that there was."

Nine year old Domenic and his family are now off on a trip to swim with dolphins in America, courtesy of the ITV show.

7:01am 16th September 2013

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